hit (up)on (someone or something)

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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
References in classic literature ?
My friend George Muncaster, who does everything charmingly different from any one else, hit upon one of the quaintest plans for his marriage.
Chance, or rather God, for we can see the hand of God in everything, had willed that Cornelius van Baerle should happen to hit upon one of these very pigeons.
However, as one plan after another was conjured by the strength of his desires, he at last hit upon one which came to him almost with the force of a blow and brought him sitting upright among his sleeping companions.
Once again, you've just hit upon one of those spots that just scream to be hunted.
The credit union has hit upon one message that students find hard to ignore: free money.
At 15 Union Square West, however, this firm has hit upon one of its better designs to date in the five boroughs.
During the dark days, Michael Coffey was searching for a better fuel pump and hit upon one designed for race cars that could be modifed to mate up with the Rotax 912.
I think Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of the SCAN Foundation, possibly has hit upon one of the best ways of looking at the bill: "The key thing to realize is the health care reform bill actually has probably a couple of dozen opportunities, all told, to think differently about aging successfully.
DAVID Cameron may well have hit upon one of the unspoken truisms of devolved Wales.
When the Beatles sang "I get by with a little help from my friends", they hit upon one of the keys to finding true happiness.
But it was when talking about the great comedy film with colleagues that we hit upon one of its truly wonderful moments - the Romans speech.
But wherever you looked the scenery was never less than stunning, with snow capped peaks merely adding to the sense that we'd almost unwittingly hit upon one of Europe's hidden gems.
That was the idea that don Elijio and I hit upon one morning, when after a long hike into the mountains to gather herbs, we passed by a field that we had seen earlier that was now in flames.
Last Saturday afternoon I happened to be flitting between channels and, by ghastly mischance, hit upon one at the very moment that the face of a grotesque, bewhiskered and screeching lunatic filled the screen.
But I think he had also hit upon one of the key aspects of Christmas in the modern world: these days, 'tis more the season to be off your trolley, tra-la-la- la la .