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Origin of hard-hitting

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples of hard-hitting

  • He was the best type of the good-natured, level-headed, hard-hitting Englishman.

  • That brought it to the last one, who chanced to be the hard-hitting catcher, Ballinger.

    Fast Nine

    Alan Douglas

  • 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.

  • Then came Harvard's hard-hitting catcher with a three-base hit which drove in three runs.

British Dictionary definitions for hard-hitting


  1. uncompromising; tougha hard-hitting report on urban deprivation
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