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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.
See also: hit, home, run

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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They never even considered it, and he showed why immediately, hitting a home run in Oakland's first series against Seattle in Japan.
I usually hit pretty well against Washington, and in that series, I was in one of the unusual hot spells I had during my career and I remember hitting a home run against Marrero in a 2-1 victory and then the next day hitting my only grand slam off Porterfield.
Lou Brock never went without hitting a home run during his four 200-hit seasons.