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hit home

To be fully understood by or strongly affect or resonate with someone. It wasn't until he was threatened with losing his job that the comments about John's work ethic really hit home. The film has an underlying theme of grief and loss that will hit home with a lot of viewers.
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hit home

 and strike home
Fig. to really make sense; [for a comment] to make a very good point. Mary's criticism of my clothes hit home, so I changed. The teacher's comment struck home and the student vowed to work harder.
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hit home


strike home

COMMON If a situation or what someone says hits home or strikes home, people realize that it is real or true, even though it may be unpleasant. In many cases the reality of war doesn't hit home until people are actually called upon to fight. David's accusation about his motives had hit home more than he cared to admit. The severity of the situation struck home last week when hundreds of troops entered the town.
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hit (or strike) home

1 (of a blow or a missile) reach an intended target. 2 (of a person's words) have the intended, often unsettling or painful, effect on their audience. 3 (of the significance or true nature of a situation) become fully realized by someone.
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hit/strike ˈhome

1 (of an insult, a remark, criticism, etc.) affect or hurt somebody in the intended way; make somebody really understand something: His criticism of my work struck home. I knew he was right.My remarks last week obviously hit home because he has not been late for work since.
2 (of a punch, a blow, an arrow, a bullet, etc.) hit somebody/something where you intended; hit the target: The punch hit home and Ferguson fell to the floor.
See also: hit, home, strike
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The Taverners responded when Harper hit home twice with Hooker and Brown adding the others.
But the Manchester side are desperate to get back in the big time and Dickov hit home his 14th strike of the season in the 76th minute.
They met at fifth team level where Sutton finally came out on top 5-3 after seeing a 3-0 advantage whittled away before goals from Foster, Harper, Beecham, Conway and Hume hit home.
Not only do Stuart's choices hit home emotionally, her movement orchestration is superb.
The 1-0 lead was short-lived, however, as the first two Mariners batters against Weaver hit home runs.
Dan Haren pitched a complete game to win his eighth game of the year, and Jay Payton and former Dodger Milton Bradley each hit home runs for the A's, who extended their lead over the Angels in the AL West to 1 1/2 games.