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hit verb

1 touch sb/sth with a lot of force

ADV. hard She didn't hit me very hard. | almost, nearly A taxi almost hit him as he was crossing the street. | accidentally I accidentally hit my knee on the desk.

VERB + HIT want to I was so angry, I wanted to hit him. | be going to I was afraid he was going to hit me.

PREP. in She hit him in the face. | on I hit my head on the low doorway. | with He hit her with a stick.

PHRASES hit sb over the head He was hit over the head with a broken bottle.

2 have a bad effect on sb/sth

ADV. badly, hard, heavily, severely Our department has been badly hit by the cutbacks. Some businesses have been hit very hard by the rise in interest rates. PHRASAL VERBS hit out

ADV. hard | wildly I just hit out wildly in all directions.

PREP. at In a rousing speech the minister hit out at racism in the armed forces.