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hit the books

To study, often intensely. You better hit the books if you want to pass your exam on Friday.
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hit the books

 and pound the books
Inf. Fig. to study hard. I spent the weekend pounding the books. I gotta go home and hit the books. I have finals next week.
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hit the books

Study with concentrated effort, as in At exam time we all hit the books. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
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hit the ˈbooks

(American English) study hard and read a lot about something: You’re going to hit the books and make something of yourself.My exams are soon so I’d better start hitting the books.
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hit the books

and pound the books
tv. to study hard. I spent the weekend pounding the books. I gotta go home and hit the books.
See also: book, hit

hit the books

Informal
To study, especially with concentrated effort.
See also: book, hit
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Parents, as well as teachers, principals, and district administrators nationwide will have to hit the books to learn and understand the new "language" of education reform.
Deyoe, a full-time student in business administration, who hit the books while working up to 60 hours a week with his stepfather as a contractor, celebrated his achievement.
As hip young women get ready to hit the books once again, Clothestime's "Be All That" campaign, developed by Orange County's youth marketing authority, The Orange Zone (OZ), delivers a powerful dose of sexiness, sassiness and smarts all in one stylish back-to-school package.
But some regulars, such as 11-year-old Andy Jakiel, a pupil at Emblem Elementary, are looking forward to classes resuming - not because he's eager to hit the books, but because the holiday crowds are cramping his style.
They don't have to hit the books because they're still buying books.
The nine-member Simi Valley team hit the books for months and logged 14-hour study days before the 19th national competition involving 38 schools.
They race home after practice, not to hit the books but to continue their Nintendo wars.
But it took a while for Toledo and his staff to impress upon him that he had to hit the books as hard as he did the seams.
He made us hit the books as hard as the punching bag.