1 act of hitting sth/sb
VERB + HIT give sth, make, score Give it a good hit At last he managed to score a hit. | receive, suffer, take One of the tanks took a direct hit.
HIT + NOUN list She was at the top of the terrorists' hit list (= the list of people they intended to kill) for over two years. Which services are on the government's hit list? | man, squad He claimed that a hit man had been paid £20,000 to kill him.
2 sb/sth that is very popular
ADJ. big, greatest, huge, massive, real, smash The show has been a smash hit. | immediate, instant | box-office, chart The band are here to promote their latest chart hit.
HIT + NOUN album, film, movie, record, show, single, song | parade (old-fashioned) The single was number one in the British hit parade
PREP. ~ with The series has been a big hit with children.
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.