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hit a home run

1. In baseball or softball, to get a hit that allows one to round all four bases and score, typically by hitting the ball past the limits of the outfield. If Lamont can hit a home run, we'll win the game!
2. By extension, to perform an action that is very successful. Our numbers have been down, so we really need to hit a home run this quarter in order to turn a profit for the year. It was an unexpected interview question, but I really feel like I hit a home run with my answer.
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hit a home run

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If you hit a home run, you do something that is very successful. They are creative people; if anyone could hit a home run, they could do it. The studio has hit a home run with its latest movie. Note: In baseball, when a batter hits a home run, they hit the ball a very long way, so that they are able to run round all the bases and score a run before the other team gets the ball back.
See also: hit, home, run
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October 14: Bill Mazeroski of the Pirates hits a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game to win the World Series for Pittsburgh over the New York Yankees.
July 18: Don Mattingly hits a home run in his eighth consecutive game, tying the major league record set by Dale Long in 1956.