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1hit/ˈhɪt/verb
hitshithitting
1hit
/ˈhɪt/
verb
hitshithitting
Learner's definition of HIT  
: to move your hand, a bat, etc., quickly so that it touches someone or something in a forceful or violent way
[+ object]
[no object]
   b  [+ object]  : to cause (something, such as a ball) to move by hitting it forcefully with a bat, racket, etc.
   c  : to touch (something or someone) in a forceful or violent way after moving at a high speed
[+ object]
[no object]
   d  [+ object]  : to cause or allow (something, such as part of your body) to touch something in a forceful or violent way
[+ object]  : to attack (something or someone)
   b  : to affect (something or someone) in a harmful or damaging way
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] 
: to come to (something) by chance or accident while you are moving
   b  : to begin to have or experience (problems, trouble, etc.)
[+ object]informal  : to become suddenly or completely clear to (someone) : strike
[+ object]  : to get or come to (a goal, level, etc.) : reach
[+ object]informal  : to arrive or appear at, in, or on (a place)
informal [+ object] 
: to turn (something) on or off with a switch
   b  : to move (a switch) to an on or off position
   c  : to push down on (the brake pedal or accelerator in a vehicle) in a sudden and forceful way
: to succeed in hitting (something aimed at) with a shot, throw, etc.
[+ object]
— sometimes used figuratively
[no object]
   b  [+ object]  : to succeed in making (a shot)
   c  [+ object]  : to succeed in making a pass to (another player)
[no object]  : to try to hit the ball with a bat in baseball, cricket, or a similar game
   b  [+ object]  : to produce (a home run, a ground ball, etc.) by batting
   c  [no object]  : to have a specified batting average
   d  : to hit the pitches thrown by (a pitcher)
[+ object]
[no object]
10  not used in progressive tenses[+ object]informal  : to deal another card to (a player in blackjack)

hit a nerve

— see nerve

hit a/the wall

— see 1wall

hit back

[phrasal verb]
: to attack or criticize someone who has attacked or criticized you — often + at

hit home

— see 2home

hit it

informal
— used to tell a group of musicians to begin playing

hit it big

orhit big
— see big

hit it off

informal
: to become friends : to get along well

hit on/upon

[phrasal verb]
hit on (someone)US, informal  : to talk to (someone) in order to try to start a sexual relationship
hit on/upon (something)  : to succeed in finding (something, such as a solution)

hit out at

[phrasal verb]
hit out at (someone)informal 
: to make an angry attack against (someone)

hit someone for six

— see six

hit the books

— see 1book

hit the buffers

— see 1buffer

hit the deck

orhit the dirtorhit the ground
: to drop down to the ground or floor suddenly

hit the fan

— see 1fan

hit the ground running

: to begin an effort or activity in a quick, energetic, and effective way

hit the hay

informalorhit the sack
: to go to bed

hit the jackpot

— see jackpot

hit the nail on the head

informal
: to be exactly right

hit the panic button

— see panic button

hit the road

— see road

hit the roof

informalorhit the ceiling
: to become very angry or upset

hit the skids

— see 2skid

hit the spot

— see 1spot

hit the streets

informalor UShit the pavement
: to go out in search of something or for a specific purpose
— see also 1hit 6 (above)

hit the town

— see town

hit the trail

— see 2trail

hit up

[phrasal verb]
hit (someone) upUS, informal or hit up (someone) 
: to ask (someone) for something (such as money)

hit your stride

— see 2stride

know what hit you

— see 1know
2hit/ˈhɪt/noun
pluralhits
2hit
/ˈhɪt/
noun
pluralhits
Learner's definition of HIT  
[count]
: an act of hitting someone or something
   b  — used to describe being hit by something (such as a bullet, bomb, punch, etc.) — usually used with take — often used figuratively
: something that is very successful — often used before another noun
— see also one-hit wonder
   b  : someone or something that is liked by someone very much — usually + with
: a successful effort to reach a desired goal or result
baseball  : base hit
computers 
: an act of connecting to a particular Web site
   b  : a successful attempt to find something in a search of a computer database or the Internet
informal  : a single dose of an illegal drug
informal  : a planned murder done by a paid killer
— see also hit man

— hitless

/ˈhɪtləs/adjective
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