make a hit


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make a hit

1. To create something that becomes extremely successful and popular. A noun or pronoun can be used after "make." We went into our second album with the sole intention of making a hit, and I think that hubris bit us in the ass.
2. To cause someone or something to be extremely successful and popular. A noun or pronoun is be used after "make." You have a lot of raw talent, kid, but our agency will look after you and make you a hit! The song was originally written in 1967, but it remained relatively obscure until pop icon Tom Thompson made it a hit in 1989.
3. To kill someone under orders or as part of a contract. Often followed by "on (someone)." The man suspected of making a hit on the ambassador died in a car explosion as federal agents closed in on him. He's going to testify in court that the mob boss hired him to make a hit.
See also: hit, make

make a hit

1. Also, be a hit. Achieve (or be) a success, especially a popular one, as in She made a big hit in this performance, or In out-of-town tryouts the play was already a hit. This seemingly modern term, which transfers the literal meaning of hit as "a stroke or blow," has been around since the early 1800s. It was used then, as now, for theatrical performances, books, songs, and the like
2. In underworld slang, commit a murder, as in Known for his deadly accuracy, he was about to make his third hit. This usage also has been extended to such terms as hit list, a roster of persons to be killed, and hit man, a killer who is usually hired by someone else. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: hit, make

make a hit

INFORMAL
If you make a hit with someone, they like you or are impressed by you when they meet you. Eleanor made a hit with your mother. She sends her best — you've obviously made a hit there.
See also: hit, make