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hit the books

To study, often intensely. You better hit the books if you want to pass your exam on Friday.
See also: book, hit
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hit the books

 and pound the books
Inf. Fig. to study hard. I spent the weekend pounding the books. I gotta go home and hit the books. I have finals next week.
See also: book, hit
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hit the books

Study with concentrated effort, as in At exam time we all hit the books. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
See also: book, hit
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hit the ˈbooks

(American English) study hard and read a lot about something: You’re going to hit the books and make something of yourself.My exams are soon so I’d better start hitting the books.
See also: book, hit
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hit the books

and pound the books
tv. to study hard. I spent the weekend pounding the books. I gotta go home and hit the books.
See also: book, hit
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

hit the books

Informal
To study, especially with concentrated effort.
See also: book, hit
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Legally Blonde The Musical is an all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy about college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods who, when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School.
So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit cards, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School.
But the 21-year-old has no intention of surrendering his spot when he hits the books again in a few months time.
So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School accompanied by her Chihuahua, Bruiser.
BRAINY Bill hits the books; YOUNG: Bill as a teenager