[ hahrd-hit-ing ]
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  1. striking or capable of striking with force.

  2. strikingly or effectively forceful: a hard-hitting exposé.

Origin of hard-hitting

First recorded in 1830–40

Words Nearby hard-hitting

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How to use hard-hitting in a sentence

  • He had latterly taken a fancy to wild-fowl shooting by the coast, for which a very hard-hitting, long-range gun was needed.

    The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
  • The plain profile of this man reminds one of the hard-hitting, rough-riding Roundhead.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
  • For all purposes except the actual hard-hitting they are the most useful weapon which the commander of the fleet possesses.

  • Ken went out deeper, for he knew most hard-hitting left-handers hit to right field.

    The Young Pitcher | Zane Grey
  • That brought it to the last one, who chanced to be the hard-hitting catcher, Ballinger.

    Fast Nine | Alan Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for hard-hitting


  1. uncompromising; tough: a hard-hitting report on urban deprivation

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