- Verb: hit (hit,hitting) hit
- Cause to move by striking
"hit a ball"
- Hit against; come into sudden contact with
"The car hit a tree"
- (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)
"he came all the way around on Williams' hit"
- The act of contacting one thing with another
"after three misses she finally got a hit"
- hitting, striking
- A conspicuous success
"that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career"
- smash, smasher, strike, bang, sizzler
- (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together
- A dose of a narcotic drug
- A murder carried out by an underworld syndicate
"it has all the earmarks of a Mafia hit"
- A connection made via the internet to another website
"WordNet gets many hits from users worldwide"
Derived forms: hit, hitting, hits
See also: hitter
Type of: advance, affect, approach, arrive, assail, attack, bear on, bear upon, bring home the bacon, come, come by, come into, come through, connection, connexion [Brit], consume, contact, deliver the goods, displace, dosage, dose, effort, execution, exploit, feat, gain, gain ground, get, get ahead, have, impact, impel, impinging, ingest, injure, joining, kill, make headway, move, murder, propel, pull ahead, slaying, striking, succeed, success, take, take in, touch, touch on, touching, win, wound
- Cause to move by striking
tr. to attack or rob someone or something. (Underworld.)
• Lefty and his gang hit the bank for the second time.
• Can you believe that they tried to hit a block party on Fourth Street?
Noun. 1. An injection of a drug.
2. A murder or violent crime. [Orig. U.S.]
Verb: To murder or rob. [Orig. U.S.]
■ verb (hitting, hit, hit)
1 [+ obj or no obj]
to have a bad effect on sb/sth:
The industry has been hit by a series of strikes.
We were hit with a 10% tax penalty.
A global recession hit and markets plunged.
The tax increases will certainly hit the poor.
2 [+ obj]
to reach a particular price or level, especially one that is very high or low:
Unemployment has hit a 10-year high.
He believes crude oil could hit $40 a barrel.
There are signs that economy has hit bottom and will start to improve.
We hit all our earnings targets.
informal) [+ obj]
to experience sth difficult; to stop making progress with sth:
We hit a problem installing the system.
The economy hit a rough patch (= a difficult period) this year.
informal) [+ obj]
if a product hits the shelves, stores, etc. it becomes available and starts being sold:
The camera should hit the shelves in early May.
The shares hit the market at $4.
be hit hard (by sth); be hard hit (by sth)
to be affected very badly by sth:
The area has been hard hit by a decline in manufacturing.
the hard-hit steel industry
hit (it) big (
to be very successful:
We all know some company owners who have hit it big and made lots of money.
hit the buffers (especially BrE) (
if sth hits the buffers it suddenly stops happening or being successful:
Consumer spending has hit the buffers.
hit the ground running (
to start doing sth and continue very quickly and successfully:
We need people who are trained properly and can hit the ground running.
hit the skids (
to begin to fail rapidly:
Share prices have hit the skids.
hit a wall
if a company, a person, a price, etc. hits a wall, they reach a point where they are unable to make any further progress:
After years of booming sales and profits, the company has hit a wall.
I moved up quite a long way in the company, but then I hit a wall.
hit the wall
if a company hits the wall, it starts to fail or fails completely:
If your company hit the wall and fired all of its employees tomorrow, how long would it take you to find a new job?
BRICK, PANIC BUTTON, PAY DIRT, SKID
hit sb up (for sth); hit sb for sth (AmE) (
to ask sb for money:
When launching their new companies they hit up friends and family.
■ noun [C]
1 (IT )
a result of a search on a computer, especially on the Internet; a person who visits an Internet page:
You can limit the number of search hits.
The site had 20 000 hits on just one day.
a person or thing that is very popular:
The drink is proving a big hit with young consumers.
something that has a bad effect on sb/sth:
The legislation will limit the hit to taxpayers.
take a hit
to be damaged or badly affected by sth:
The airline industry took a hit last year.
The economy has taken a big hit from high energy costs.
if a company's profits take a hit, they are reduced by the amount mentioned, especially because the company has had to pay an unusual cost:
The company has taken a €170 million hit to its earnings.
1. The occurrence of a lightning stroke at a specific point on the ground. Also called direct hit.
2. The coincidence of two pulses.
- More: Next
- he rolled his eyes and hit upon an idea.
- the program scored a real hit with the public.
- he wo n't hit the target at that distance.
- did you see that car nearly hit me?
- these words hit at the core of him.