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hit / hit/ • v. (hit·ting ; past hit ) [tr.] 1. bring one's hand or a tool or weapon into contact with (someone or something) quickly and forcefully: the woman hit the mugger with her umbrella | [intr.] use your words, but do not hit the police hit out with billy clubs. ∎  accidentally strike (part of one's body) against something, often causing injury: she fainted and hit her head on the metal bedstead. ∎  (of a moving object or body) come into contact with (someone or something stationary) quickly and forcefully: a car hit the barrier. ∎ inf. touch or press (part of a machine or other device) in order to work it: he picked up the phone and hit several buttons. 2. cause harm or distress to: the area has been badly hit by business closures. ∎  [intr.] (hit out) make a strongly worded criticism or attack: he hit out at suppliers for hyping their products. ∎  (of a disaster) occur in and cause damage to (an area) suddenly: the country was hit by a major earthquake. ∎ inf. attack and rob or kill: if they're cops, maybe it's not a good idea to have them hit. ∎ inf. be affected by (an unfortunate and unexpected circumstance or event): the opening of the town center hit a snag. 3. (of a missile or a person aiming one) strike (a target): the sniper fired and hit a third man. ∎ inf. reach (a particular level, point, or figure): his career hit rock bottom. ∎  arrive at (a place): it was still night when we hit the outskirts of Chicago. ∎ inf. go to (a place): we hit a diner for coffee and doughnuts. ∎  be suddenly and vividly realized by: [tr.] it hit her that I wanted to settle down here. ∎  [intr.] inf. (of a piece of music, film, or play) be successful: actors are promised a pay increase if a show hits. ∎  [intr.] take effect: we sat waiting for the caffeine to hit. ∎ inf. give (someone) a dose of a drug or an alcoholic drink. ∎ inf. (of a product) become available and make an impact on: the latest board game to hit the market. ∎ inf. used to express the idea that someone is taking up a pursuit or taking it seriously: more and more teenagers are hitting the books. ∎  (hit someone for/up for) inf. ask someone for: she was waiting for the right moment to hit her mother for some cash. 4. propel (a ball) with a bat, racket, stick, etc., to score or attempt to score runs or points in a game. ∎  score (runs or points) in this way: he had hit 25 home runs. ∎  Baseball [intr.] (of a batter) make a base hit. • n. 1. an instance of striking or being struck: few structures can withstand a hit from a speeding car. ∎  a verbal attack: he could not resist a hit at his friend's religiosity. ∎ inf. a murder, typically one planned and carried out by a criminal organization. ∎  Baseball short for base hit. 2. an instance of striking the target aimed at: one of the bombers had scored a direct hit. ∎  a successful venture, esp. in entertainment: he was the director of many big hits | [as adj.] a hit comedy. ∎  a successful pop record or song. ∎ inf. a successful and popular person or thing: handsome, smiling, and smart, he was an immediate hit. ∎  Comput. an instance of identifying an item of data that matches the requirements of a search. ∎  an instance of a particular Web site being accessed by a user: the site gets an average 350,000 hits per day. 3. inf. a dose of a psychoactive drug. PHRASES: hit-and-miss done or occurring at random: picking a remedy can be a bit hit-and-miss. hit someone below the belt Boxing give one's opponent an illegal low blow. ∎  behave unfairly, esp. so as to gain an unfair advantage. hit the bottle see bottle. hit the ground running inf. start something and proceed at a fast pace with enthusiasm. hit the haysee hay1 . hit home see home. hit it off inf. be naturally friendly or well suited. hit the jackpot see jackpot. hit the mark be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess. hit the nail on the head find exactly the right answer. hit-or-miss / ˈˌhid ôr ˈmis/ as likely to be unsuccessful as successful: her work can be hit-or-miss. hit the right note see note. hit the road (or trail) inf. set out on a journey. hit the roof see roof. hit the sack see sack1 . hit the spot see spot. make a hit be successful or popular: you made a big hit with her.PHRASAL VERBS: hit on (or upon) 1. discover or think of, esp. by chance: she hit on a novel idea for fund-raising. 2. inf. make sexual advances toward. hit up attempt to get something, typically money, from (someone): he hit up some family members.DERIVATIVES: hit·ter n.

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hit

hit hit someone for six affect someone very severely (with allusion to a forceful hit that scores six runs in cricket).
hit the ground running proceed at a fast pace from the start with enthusiasm and dynamism. Recorded from the late 20th century, and probably referring to military personnel disembarking rapidly from a ship or helicopter.

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hit pt., pp. hit light upon XI; strike XIII. Late OE. (ġe)hittan — ON. hitta light upon, meet with, of unkn. orig.
Hence sb. XVI.

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