verb (used with object), hit, hit·ting.
- to make (a base hit): He hit a single and a home run.
- bat1(def 12).
verb (used without object), hit, hit·ting.
- a game won by a player after the opponent has thrown off one or more men from the board.
- any winning game.
- (in information retrieval) an instance of successfully locating an item of data, as in a database or on the Internet: When I search for my name, I get lots of hits.
- an instance of accessing a website.
- to represent or describe precisely or aptly: In his new book he hits off the American temperament with amazing insight.
- to imitate, especially in order to satirize.
- to deal a blow aimlessly: a child hitting out in anger and frustration.
- to make a violent verbal attack: Critics hit out at the administration's new energy policy.
- to ask to borrow money from: He hit me up for ten bucks.
- to inject a narcotic drug into a vein.
- to go out on the town; go nightclubbing: We'll hit the high spots when you come to town.
- to do something in a quick or casual manner, paying attention to only the most important or obvious facets or items: When I clean the house I hit the high spots and that's about all. This course will hit the high spots of ancient history.
Origin of hit
verb hits, hitting or hit (mainly tr)
- a person or thing that gains wide appealshe's a hit with everyone
- (as modifier)a hit record
- a murder carried out as the result of an underworld vendetta or rivalry
- (as modifier)a hit squad
Word Origin for hit
late Old English hyttan, hittan "come upon, meet with, fall in with, 'hit' upon," from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse hitta "to light upon, meet with," also "to hit, strike;" Swedish hitta "to find," Danish and Norwegian hitte "to hit, find," from Proto-Germanic *hitjanan. Related: Hitting. Meaning shifted in late Old English period to "strike," via "to reach with a blow or missile," and replaced Old English slean in this sense. Original sense survives in phrases such as hit it off (1780, earlier in same sense hit it, 1630s) and is revived in hit on (1970s).
Underworld slang meaning "to kill by plan" is 1955 (as a noun in this sense from 1970). To hit the bottle "drink alcohol" is from 1889. To hit the nail on the head (1570s) is from archery. Hit the road "leave" is from 1873; to hit (someone) up "request something" is from 1917. Hit and run is 1899 as a baseball play, 1924 as a driver failing to stop at a crash he caused. To not know what hit (one) is from 1923.
late 15c., "a rebuke;" 1590s as "a blow," from hit (v.). Meaning "successful play, song, person," etc., 1811, is from the verbal sense of "to hit the mark, succeed" (c.1400). Underworld slang meaning "a killing" is from 1970. Meaning "dose of narcotic" is 1951, from phrases such as hit the bottle.
see hit on.
In addition to the idioms beginning with hit
- hit a snag
- hit below the belt
- hit between the eyes
- hit bottom
- hit it big
- hit it off
- hit on
- hit on all cylinders
- hit one's stride
- hit one where one lives
- hit or miss
- hit out
- hit parade
- hit the books
- hit the bottle
- hit the bricks
- hit the bull's-eye
- hit the ceiling
- hit the deck
- hit the fan
- hit the ground running
- hit the hay
- hit the high spots
- hit the jackpot
- hit the mark
- hit the nail on the head
- hit the road
- hit the roof
- hit the sack
- hit the spot
- hit up for
- hit upon
- (hit) below the belt
- can't hit the broad side of a barn
- heavy hitter
- make a hit
- pinch hitter
- smash hit