Idioms for hit

Origin of hit

before 1100; 1865–70, Americanism for def 5a; Middle English hitten, Old English hittan; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hitta to come upon (by chance), meet with

OTHER WORDS FROM hit

synonym study for hit

1. See strike, beat. 25, 27, 29. See blow1.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for hit on (1 of 2)

hit on

verb (tr, preposition)

to strike
Also: hit upon to discover unexpectedly or guess correctly
US and Canadian slang to make sexual advances to (a person)

British Dictionary definitions for hit on (2 of 2)

hit
/ (hɪt) /

verb hits, hitting or hit (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for hit

Old English hittan, from Old Norse hitta
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with hit on (1 of 2)

hit on

1

Also, hit upon. Discover, happen to find, as in I've hit upon a solution to this problem. [c. 1700]

2

Make sexual advances to someone, especially unwanted ones, as in You can't go into that bar without being hit on. [Slang; mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with hit on (2 of 2)

hit

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.