To hit out
Hit Hit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hit}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hitting}.] [OE. hitten, hutten, of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hitte to hit, find, Sw. & Icel. hitta.] 1. To reach with a stroke or blow; to strike or touch, usually with force; especially, to reach or touch (an object aimed at). [1913 Webster]

I think you have hit the mark. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To reach or attain exactly; to meet according to the occasion; to perform successfully; to attain to; to accord with; to be conformable to; to suit. [1913 Webster]

Birds learning tunes, and their endeavors to hit the notes right. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

There you hit him; . . . that argument never fails with him. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of human sight. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

He scarcely hit my humor. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. To guess; to light upon or discover. ``Thou hast hit it.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; -- said of a single unprotected piece on a point. [1913 Webster]

{To hit off}, to describe with quick characteristic strokes; as, to hit off a speaker. --Sir W. Temple.

{To hit out}, to perform by good luck. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To strike out — Strike Strike, v. t. [imp. {Struck}; p. p. {Struck}, {Stricken}({Stroock}, {Strucken}, Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Striking}. Struck is more commonly used in the p. p. than stricken.] [OE. striken to strike, proceed, flow, AS. str[=i]can to go,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To draw out — draw draw (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p. {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take out — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To strike out — Strike Strike, v. i. To move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to strike into the fields. [1913 Webster] A mouse . . . struck forth sternly [bodily]. Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hit off — Hit Hit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hit}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hitting}.] [OE. hitten, hutten, of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hitte to hit, find, Sw. & Icel. hitta.] 1. To reach with a stroke or blow; to strike or touch, usually with force; especially, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hit out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you hit out at someone, you try to hit them, although you may miss them. [mainly BRIT] [V P at n] I used to hit out at my husband and throw things at him... [V P] I had never punched anybody in my life but I hit out and gave… …   English dictionary

  • hit out (at somebody) — ˌhit ˈout (at sb/sth) derived to attack sb/sth violently by fighting them or criticizing them • I just hit out blindly in all directions. • In a rousing speech the minister hit out at racism in the armed forces. Main entry: ↑hitderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • hit out (at something) — ˌhit ˈout (at sb/sth) derived to attack sb/sth violently by fighting them or criticizing them • I just hit out blindly in all directions. • In a rousing speech the minister hit out at racism in the armed forces. Main entry: ↑hitderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • hit out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms hit out : present tense I/you/we/they hit out he/she/it hits out present participle hitting out past tense hit out past participle hit out 1) to try to hit someone or something in an uncontrolled way hit out …   English dictionary

  • hit out at — CRITICIZE, attack, censure, denounce, condemn, lambaste, pillory, rail against, inveigh against, arraign, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, give a bad press to, run down; informal knock, pan, slam, hammer, lay into, pull to …   Useful english dictionary

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