- striking or capable of striking with force.
- strikingly or effectively forceful: a hard-hitting exposé.
Origin of hard-hitting
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for hard-hitting
Can music be both milquetoast and hard-hitting at the same time?Jennifer Lopez’s ‘A.K.A.’ Is Terrible. What Happened to Her Music?
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The taste is intense, with hard-hitting wormwood flavor and lemony undertones.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
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Ann Romney did much better, with her hard-hitting theme: Mitt Romney does not fail at what he undertakes.Ann Romney Scores, Chris Christie Misses
August 29, 2012
The result is a hard-hitting drama that deals with the unknowable impulses of the universe and of the human heart itself.The Best and Worst TV Shows of the Year
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And in this environment, hard-hitting, independent, honest brokers are more important than ever before.Rush and the Wingnuts' Absurd New Obama Theory
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He was the best type of the good-natured, level-headed, hard-hitting Englishman.Tracks of a Rolling Stone
Henry J. Coke
That brought it to the last one, who chanced to be the hard-hitting catcher, Ballinger.Fast Nine
If I had known I could have lent you one—a hard-hitting choke bore.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.
Percy F. Westerman
Then there was Dreer, brightest star of all, the fleet, hard-hitting centre-fielder.The Young Pitcher
Then came Harvard's hard-hitting catcher with a three-base hit which drove in three runs.Frank Armstrong at College
Matthew M. Colton
- uncompromising; tougha hard-hitting report on urban deprivation
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