To hit upon
Hit Hit, v. i. 1. To meet or come in contact; to strike; to clash; -- followed by against or on. [1913 Webster]

If bodies be extension alone, how can they move and hit one against another? --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Corpuscles, meeting with or hitting on those bodies, become conjoined with them. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

2. To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, -- often with implied chance, or luck. [1913 Webster]

And oft it hits Where hope is coldest and despair most fits. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And millions miss for one that hits. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{To hit on} or {To hit upon}, to light upon; to come to by chance; to discover unexpectedly; as, he hit on the solution after days of trying. ``None of them hit upon the art.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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