Synonyms of hit in English:


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1‘she hit him twice over the head’

strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's ears
informal whack, wallop, bash, biff, bop, clout, clip, clobber, sock, swipe, crown, lick, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a hiding, give someone a good hiding, belt, tan, lay one on, lay into, pitch into, lace into, let someone have it, knock into the middle of next week, lam, whomp, deck, floor, zonk
British informal stick one on, dot, slosh, twat, welly
North American informal slug, boff, bust, whale
Australian, New Zealand informal dong, quilt, king-hit
literary smite, swinge
dated baste, buffet, birch

2‘a car hit the barrier’

crash into, run into, bang into, smash into, smack into, knock into, bump into, cannon into, plough into, collide with, meet head-on
North American impact
North American informal barrel into

3‘the banking sector has been hit by the recession’

affect badly, devastate, damage, harm, hurt, ruin, leave a mark on, have a negative effect on, have a negative impact on, do harm to, impinge on
upset, shatter, crush, shock, overwhelm, traumatize, touch, make suffer
informal knock back, knock for six, knock sideways, knock the stuffing out of

have no effect on

4‘capital spending this year is likely to hit £1,800 million’

reach, attain, touch, arrive at, get to, rise to, climb to
achieve, accomplish, gain, secure

fall to

5‘I was a mile away when it hit me that I had forgotten to get the information I needed’

occur to, strike, dawn on, come to
enter one's head, enter one's mind, cross one's mind, come to mind, spring to mind, flash across one's mind, come into one's consciousness


1‘he took a few minutes to recover after a hit from behind’

blow, thump, punch, knock, bang, thwack, box, cuff, slap, smack, spank, tap, crack, stroke, welt
impact, collision, bump, crash
informal whack, wallop, bash, belt, biff, clout, sock, swipe, clip, clobber
British informal slosh
North American informal boff, bust, slug, whale
Australian, New Zealand dong
dated buffet

2‘he could not resist a hit at his friend's religiosity’

jibe, taunt, jeer, sneer, barb, cutting remark, barbed remark, attack, insult
informal dig, put-down, crack, wisecrack


3‘he was the director of many big hits’

success, box-office success, sell-out, winner, triumph, sensation
tour de force
informal knockout, crowd-puller, smash, smash hit, smasher, superhit, cracker, wow, biggie

failure, flop


    hit it off

    ‘they make an unlikely pair, but they've always hit it off’

    get on well, get on, get along, be on good terms, be friends, be friendly, be compatible, relate well to each other, feel a rapport, see eye to eye, take to each other, warm to each other, find things in common
    click, get on like a house on fire, be on the same wavelength

    rub someone up the wrong way

    hit on

    ‘she hit on a novel idea for fundraising’

    discover, come up with, think of, conceive of, dream up, work out, invent, create, originate, develop, devise, design, pioneer, uncover, contrive, realize
    stumble on, chance on, light on, come upon, blunder on, arrive at
    informal put one's finger on
    hit out at

    ‘he hit out at the government's lack of action’

    criticize, attack, denounce, lash out at, rant at, inveigh against, rail against, fulminate against, run down, find fault with
    condemn, censure, harangue, berate, upbraid, castigate, vilify, malign, assail, lambast
    informal knock, slam, hammer, blast, lay into, pitch into, lace into, bawl out, bad-mouth, tear someone off a strip, give someone hell, give someone a roasting
    British informal slate, slag off, monster, have a go at, rubbish
    North American informal pummel, cut up
    Australian, New Zealand informal bag
    dated rate, reprobate
    rare vituperate, excoriate, arraign, objurgate, asperse, anathematize, animadvert on, denunciate


    hit back

    ‘prison officers hit back at the critical report’

    retaliate against, respond to, reply to, react to, strike back at, counter, defend oneself against
    rare controvert

    turn the other cheek