Synonyms of hit in English:


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1‘the woman hit her child for stealing sweets’


strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's ears

informal whack, wallop, bash, biff, bop, clout, clip, clobber, sock, swipe, crown, lick, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a hiding, give someone a good hiding, belt, tan, lay one on, lay into, pitch into, lace into, let someone have it, knock into the middle of next week, lam, whomp, deck, floor

British informal stick one on, dot, slosh, twat, welly

North American informal slug, boff, bust, whale

NZ Australian informal dong, quilt, king-hit

literary smite, swinge

dated baste, buffet, birch

2‘a car hit the barrier’


crash into, run into, bang into, smash into, smack into, knock into, bump into, cannon into, plough into, collide with, meet head-on

North American impact

North American informal barrel into

3‘the banking sector has been hit by the recession’


affect badly, devastate, damage, harm, hurt, ruin, leave a mark on, have a negative effect on, have a negative impact on, do harm to, impinge on

upset, shatter, crush, shock, overwhelm, traumatize, touch, make suffer

informal knock back, knock for six, knock sideways, knock the stuffing out of


have no effect on

4‘capital spending this year is likely to hit £1,800 million’


reach, attain, touch, arrive at, get to, rise to, climb to

achieve, accomplish, gain, secure


fall to

5‘I was a mile away when it hit me that I had forgotten to get the information I needed’


occur to, strike, dawn on, come to

enter one's head, enter one's mind, cross one's mind, come to mind, spring to mind, flash across one's mind, come into one's consciousness


1‘he took a few minutes to recover after a hit from behind’


blow, thump, punch, knock, bang, thwack, box, cuff, slap, smack, spank, tap, crack, stroke, welt

impact, collision, bump, crash

informal whack, wallop, bash, belt, biff, clout, sock, swipe, clip, clobber

British informal slosh

North American informal boff, bust, slug, whale

NZ Australian dong

dated buffet

2‘he could not resist a hit at his friend's religiosity’


jibe, taunt, jeer, sneer, barb, cutting remark, barbed remark, attack, insult

informal dig, put-down, crack, wisecrack



3‘he was the director of many big hits’


success, box-office success, sell-out, winner, triumph, sensation


tour de force

informal knockout, crowd-puller, smash, smash hit, smasher, cracker, wow, biggie


failure, flop


    hit back

      ‘prison officers hit back at the critical report’


      retaliate against, respond to, reply to, react to, strike back at, counter, defend oneself against




      turn the other cheek

    hit it off

      ‘they make an unlikely pair, but they've always hit it off’


      get on well, get on, get along, be on good terms, be friends, be friendly, be compatible, relate well to each other, feel a rapport, see eye to eye, take to each other, warm to each other, find things in common

      click, get on like a house on fire, be on the same wavelength


      rub someone up the wrong way

    hit on/upon

      ‘she hit on a novel idea for fundraising’


      discover, come up with, think of, conceive of, dream up, work out, invent, create, originate, develop, devise, design, pioneer, uncover, contrive, realize

      stumble on, chance on, light on, come upon, blunder on, arrive at


      put one's finger on

    hit out at

      ‘he hit out at the government's lack of action’


      criticize, attack, denounce, lash out at, rant at, inveigh against, rail against, fulminate against, run down, find fault with

      condemn, censure, harangue, berate, upbraid, castigate, vilify, malign, assail, lambaste


      knock, slam, hammer, blast, lay into, pitch into, lace into, bawl out, bad-mouth, tear someone off a strip, give someone hell, give someone a roasting

      British informal

      slate, slag off, monster, have a go at, rubbish

      North American informal

      pummel, cut up

      NZ Australian informal



      rate, reprobate


      vituperate, excoriate, arraign, objurgate, asperse, anathematize, animadvert on, denunciate