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hit (up)on (someone or something)

1. Literally, to strike someone or something in a particular spot. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hit" and "(up)on." Just hit on the top of the TV until the sound comes back on. A pair of shoes fell off the shelf in my closet and hit me right on the head.
2. To discover or realize something. I think we've finally hit upon the reason the experiment has been failing.
3. To flirt with someone, often when it is unwelcome. In this usage, the phrase is always "hit on" (not "upon"). Are you hitting on me? You're a married man!
See also: hit

hit (up)on someone or something

 
1. Lit. to strike or pound on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Jeff hit upon the mugger over and over. I hit on the radio until it started working again.
2. Fig. to discover someone or something. I think I have hit upon something. There is a lever you have to press in order to open this cabinet. I hit on Tom in an amateur play production. I offered him a job in my nightclub immediately.
3. Go to hit on someone; hit on something.
See also: hit, on

hit someone (or an animal) on something

to strike someone or an animal in a particular place. The stone hit me on the leg. I hit the beaver on its side and it didn't seem to feel it. She hit herself on her left cheek.
See also: hit, on

hit on someone

Inf. to flirt with someone; to make a pass at someone. The women were all hitting on George, but he didn't complain. I thought he was going to hit on mebut he didn't.
See also: hit, on

hit on something

to discover something. She hit on a new scheme for removing the impurities from drinking water. I hit on it when I wasn't able to sleep one night.
See also: hit, on

hit on

1. Also, hit upon. Discover, happen to find, as in I've hit upon a solution to this problem. [c. 1700]
2. Make sexual advances to someone, especially unwanted ones, as in You can't go into that bar without being hit on. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: hit, on

hit on

v.
1. To strike someone or something in some particular area: A branch fell off the tree and hit me on the back.
2. To discover something: We finally hit on a solution to our financial problems.
3. Slang To pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to someone: I can't believe that the bartender hit on me!
See also: hit, on

hit on someone

in. to flirt with someone; to make a pass at someone. The women were all hitting on George, but he didn’t complain.
See also: hit, on, someone

hit on something

in. to discover something; to think up or invent something. She hit on a new scheme for removing the impurities from drinking water.
See also: hit, on, something
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