Idioms With “Hit” and Meanings

List of idioms with the word “Hit” and the meanings. Idioms about “Hit” and expressions.

Hit (someone) below the belt
to act unfairly
1. John told Robert about the job he was planning to apply for and Robert went out and got it himself! Robert doesn’t play fair. He hits below the belt.
2. Mary introduced Sally to her boyfriend, Mike, and before she knew it, Sally and Mike were dating. That was below the belt.
The expression originates from the sport of boxing, in which it is against the rules to hit one’s opponent below his or her belt.

Hit (someone) on the nose
to do or understand something perfectly
1. That’s the right answer! You really got it on the nose.
2. Joannie’s argument made perfect sense to me—she really hit it on the nose.

Hit or Miss
unplanned or random; equally likely to succeed or fail
1. Sometimes Ann is at home when I drop by to visit her, and sometimes she’s not. It’s hit or miss catching her at home.
2. The repairman’s work is hit or miss. Sometimes the machine works when he’s finished fixing it, and sometimes it doesn’t.


Hit Pay Dirt
to find something of great value
1. They invested their money in oil wells in Texas and they hit pay dirt. Now they’re the richest people I know.
2. Chuck went off to Alaska looking to hit pay dirt, but I don’t think he’s going to find what he wants. Everything worth finding has already been claimed.
3. The senator’s enemies started to investigate his past in the hopes of finding something scandalous. They hit pay dirt when they uncovered his driving record and found that he had been arrested for drunk driving.
Synonym: strike it richCompare to: hit the jackpot
The expression originates from the mining and gold-rush days when a person could become rich if he or she found dirt with gold in it.

Hit the Jackpot
to get rich or find something of value
1. Mabel always bought one lottery ticket in the hopes that one day she would hit the jackpot and never have to work again.
2. I went to the library not expecting to find any of the books that were on my list, but I hit the jackpot. I managed to find all seven of them.
Synonym: hit pay dirt
The expression originates from gambling, in which the jackpot is the money collected from the gamblers and divided among the winners.

Hit the nail on the head
to come to the right conclusion
1. Henry wouldn’t tell his wife what was wrong, but when she asked him if he had lost his job, she could tell by the look on his face that she had hit the nail on the head.
2. We sat around the table trying to figure out why the project wasn’t working. Everyone suggested ideas and possibilities. When Leslie outlined what she thought the problem was, we could all see that she had hit the nail on the head.
Synonym: put (one’s) finger on it/(something), get (something) on the nose

Hit the sack
to go to bed
1. I’m really tired—I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. I’m going to hit the sack.
2. After a hard day, Richard decided to hit the sack even though it was only 8:00 p.m.

Hit the spot
to satisfy in just the right way
1. The boys were sweating from planting trees in the hot sun. When their mother brought them some cold lemonade to drink, it really hit the spot.
2. I think I’d like something to eat after the theater. A little light supper after the play will just hit the spot.
Compare to: fill/fit the bill
The expression is often used in reference to food or drink.

hit a snag
to run into a problem. (Informal.)
We’ve hit a snag with the building project.
I stopped working on the roof when I hit a snag.

hit bottom
to reach the lowest or worst point. (Informal.)
Our profits have hit bottom. This is our worst year ever.
When my life hit bottom, I began to feel much better. I knew that if there was going to be any change, it would be for the better.

hit it off with someone and hit it off
to quickly become good friends with someone.
Look how John hit it off with Mary.
Yes, they really hit it off.


hit on something and hit upon something
to discover or think up something. (Informal.)
Ann hit on the idea of baking lots of bread and freezing it.
John hit upon a new way of planting corn.

hit one where one lives and hit one close to home
to affect one personally and intimately. (Informal.)
Her comments really hit me where I live. Her words seemed to apply directly to me.
I listened carefully and didn’t think she hit close to home at all. ALSO: close to home, where one lives affecting one personally and intimately. (Informal.)
Her remarks were a bit too close to home. I was afraid she was discussing me!
She’s got me figured out all right. She knows where I live.

hit someone between the eyes
to become completely apparent; to surprise or impress someone. (Informal. Also with right, as in the examples. Also used literally.)
Suddenly, it hit me right between the eyes. John and Mary were in love.
Then—as he was talking—the exact nature of the evil plan hit me between the eyes.

hit someone like a ton of bricks and hit like a ton of bricks
to surprise, startle, or shock someone. (Informal.)
Suddenly, the truth hit me like a ton of bricks.
The sudden tax increase hit like a ton of bricks. Everyone became angry.

hit someone up for something and hit up someone for something; hit someone up; hit up someone
to ask someone for something. (Informal.)
John hit me up for a loan.
I told him to go hit up someone else.

hit the books
to begin to study; to study. (Slang.)
Well, time to hit the books. □ John, if you don’t start hitting the books, you’re going to fail.

hit the bricks
to start walking;to go out into the streets. (Slang.)
If you want to get a job, you had better get out there and hit the bricks.
I got fired today. The boss came by and told me to hit the bricks.

hit the bull’s-eye
1. to hit the center area of a circular target.
The archer hit the bull’s-eye three times in a row.
I didn’t hit the bull’s-eye even once. 2.* to achieve the goal perfectly. (Informal.)
Your idea really hit the bull’s-eye. Thank you!
Jill Has a lot of insight. She knows how to hit the bull’s-eye.

hit the ceiling
to become very angry. (Informal.)
My father hit the ceiling when I damaged the car.
Our employer hit the ceiling when we lost an important contract.

hit the hay and hit the sack
to go to bed and get some sleep. (Slang. Compare to sack out.)
Look at the clock. It’s time to hit the hay.
I like to hit the sack before midnight.

hit the high spots
to do only the important, obvious, or good things. (Informal.)
I won’t discuss the entire report. I’ll just hit the high spots.
First, let me hit the high spots; then I’ll tell you about everything.


hit the skids
to decline; to decrease in value. (Slang.)
Business usually hits the skids in the summer.
Tom hit the skids after he lost his job

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