hit high spots

hit

[hit]
verb (used with object), hit, hitting.
1.
to deal a blow or stroke to: Hit the nail with the hammer.
2.
to come against with an impact or collision, as a missile, a flying fragment, a falling body, or the like: The car hit the tree.
3.
to reach with a missile, a weapon, a blow, or the like, as one throwing, shooting, or striking: Did the bullet hit him?
4.
to succeed in striking: With his final shot he hit the mark.
5.
Baseball.
a.
to make (a base hit): He hit a single and a home run.
b.
bat1 ( def 14 ).
6.
to drive or propel by a stroke: to hit a ball onto the green.
7.
to have a marked effect or influence on; affect severely: We were all hit by the change in management.
8.
to assail effectively and sharply (often followed by out ): The speech hits out at warmongering.
9.
to request or demand of: He hit me for a loan.
10.
to reach or attain (a specified level or amount): Prices are expected to hit a new low. The new train can hit 100 mph.
11.
to be published in or released to; appear in: When will this report hit the papers? What will happen when the story hits the front page?
12.
to land on or arrive in: The troops hit the beach at 0800. When does Harry hit town?
13.
to give (someone) another playing card, drink, portion, etc.: If the dealer hits me with an ace, I'll win the hand. Bartender, hit me again.
14.
to come or light upon; meet with; find: to hit the right road.
15.
to agree with; suit exactly: I'm sure this purple shirt will hit Alfred's fancy.
16.
to solve or guess correctly; come upon the right answer or solution: You've hit it!
17.
to succeed in representing or producing exactly: to hit a likeness in a portrait.
18.
Informal. to begin to travel on: Let's hit the road. What time shall we hit the trail?
verb (used without object), hit, hitting.
19.
to strike with a missile, a weapon, or the like; deal a blow or blows: The armies hit at dawn.
20.
to come into collision (often followed by against, on, or upon ): The door hit against the wall.
21.
Slang. to kill; murder.
22.
(of an internal-combustion engine) to ignite a mixture of air and fuel as intended: This jalopy is hitting on all cylinders.
23.
to come or light (usually followed by upon or on ): to hit on a new way.
noun
24.
an impact or collision, as of one thing against another.
25.
a stroke that reaches an object; blow.
26.
a stroke of satire, censure, etc.: a hit at complacency.
27.
Baseball. base hit.
28.
Backgammon.
a.
a game won by a player after the opponent has thrown off one or more men from the board.
b.
any winning game.
29.
a successful stroke, performance, or production; success: The play is a hit.
30.
Slang. a dose of a narcotic drug.
31.
Digital Technology.
a.
(in information retrieval) an instance of successfully locating an item of data, as in a database or on the Internet: When I search for my name, I get lots of hits.
b.
an instance of accessing a website.
32.
Slang. a killing, murder, or assassination, especially one carried out by criminal prearrangements.
Verb phrases
33.
hit off,
a.
to represent or describe precisely or aptly: In his new book he hits off the American temperament with amazing insight.
b.
to imitate, especially in order to satirize.
34.
hit on, Slang. to make persistent sexual advances to: guys who hit on girls at social events.
35.
hit out,
a.
to deal a blow aimlessly: a child hitting out in anger and frustration.
b.
to make a violent verbal attack: Critics hit out at the administration's new energy policy.
36.
hit up, Slang.
a.
to ask to borrow money from: He hit me up for ten bucks.
b.
to inject a narcotic drug into a vein.
Idioms
37.
hit it off, Informal. to be congenial or compatible; get along; agree: We hit it off immediately with the new neighbors. She and her brother had never really hit it off.
38.
hit or miss, without concern for correctness or detail; haphazardly: The paint job had been done hit or miss.
39.
hit the books, Slang. to study hard; cram.
40.
hit the bottle, Slang. bottle ( def 4 ).
41.
hit the high spots,
a.
to go out on the town; go nightclubbing: We'll hit the high spots when you come to town.
b.
to do something in a quick or casual manner, paying attention to only the most important or obvious facets or items: When I clean the house I hit the high spots and that's about all. This course will hit the high spots of ancient history.

Origin:
before 1100; 1865–70, Americanism for def 5a; Middle English hitten, Old English hittan; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hitta to come upon (by chance), meet with

hitless, adjective
hittable, adjective
hitter, noun
nonhit, noun
outhit, verb (used with object), outhit, outhitting.
self-hitting, adjective
unhit, adjective
unhittable, adjective
well-hit, adjective


1. See strike, beat. 25, 27, 29. See blow1.
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spot

[spot]
noun
1.
a rounded mark or stain made by foreign matter, as mud, blood, paint, ink, etc.; a blot or speck.
2.
something that mars one's character or reputation; blemish; flaw.
3.
a small blemish, mole, or lesion on the skin or other surface.
4.
a small, circumscribed mark caused by disease, allergic reaction, decay, etc.
5.
a comparatively small, usually roundish, part of a surface differing from the rest in color, texture, character, etc.: a bald spot.
6.
a place or locality: A monument marks the spot where Washington slept.
7.
Usually, spots. places of entertainment or sightseeing interest: We went to a few spots to dance and see the floor shows.
9.
a specific position in a sequence or hierarchy: The choral group has the second spot on the program, right after the dancers. He moved up from second spot to become president of the firm.
10.
Cards.
a.
one of various traditional, geometric drawings of a club, diamond, heart, or spade on a playing card for indicating suit and value.
b.
any playing card from a two through a ten: He drew a jack, a queen, and a three spot.
11.
a pip, as on dice or dominoes.
12.
Slang. a piece of paper money, almost always indicated as a five- or ten-dollar bill: Can you loan me a five spot until payday?
13.
Also called spot illustration. a small drawing, usually black and white, appearing within or accompanying a text.
14.
Chiefly British Informal.
a.
a small quantity of anything.
b.
a drink: a spot of tea.
15.
a small croaker, Leiostomus xanthurus, of the eastern coast of the U.S., used as a food fish.
16.
spots, Informal. commodities, as grain, wool, and soybeans, sold for immediate delivery.
18.
Informal. spotlight ( def 1 ).
verb (used with object), spotted, spotting.
19.
to stain or mark with spots: The grease spotted my dress.
20.
to remove a spot or spots from (clothing), especially before dry cleaning.
21.
to sully; blemish.
22.
to mark or diversify with spots or dots, as of color: We spotted the wall with blue paint.
23.
to detect or recognize; locate or identify by seeing: to spot a hiding child.
24.
to place or position on a particular place: to spot a billiard ball.
25.
to stop (a railroad car) at the exact place required.
26.
to scatter in various places: to spot chairs here and there in the room.
27.
Informal. spotlight ( def 5 ).
28.
Military.
a.
to determine (a location) precisely on either the ground or a map.
b.
to observe (the results of gunfire at or near a target) for the purpose of correcting aim.
29.
Photography. to remove spots from (a negative or print) by covering with opaque color.
30.
Sports. to give or grant a certain margin or advantage to (an opponent): He spotted the tyro 12 points a game. The champion won, although spotting the challenger twenty pounds.
31.
(in gymnastics) to watch or assist (a performer) in order to prevent injury.
32.
Slang. to lend: Can you spot me twenty for tonight's game?
verb (used without object), spotted, spotting.
33.
to make a spot; cause a stain: Ink spots badly.
34.
to become spotted, as some fabrics when spattered with water.
35.
Military. to serve or act as a spotter.
adjective
36.
Radio, Television.
a.
pertaining to the point of origin of a local broadcast.
b.
broadcast between announced programs.
37.
made, paid, delivered, etc., at once: a spot sale; spot goods.
Idioms
38.
hit the high spots, Informal. to deal with or include only the major points of interest: With but a limited amount of vacation time, he concentrated on hitting the high spots of Europe.
39.
hit the spot, Informal. to satisfy a want or need, as to quench thirst: Iced tea hits the spot during the hot summer months.
40.
in a (bad) spot, in an uncomfortable or dangerous predicament: The tourists found themselves in a bad spot after they lost their money in Las Vegas.
41.
knock spots off, British Slang. to outdo easily; beat.
42.
on the spot,
a.
without delay; at once; instantly.
b.
at the very place in question.
c.
in a difficult or embarrassing position.
d.
in a position of being expected to act or to respond in some way.

Origin:
1150–1200; (noun) Middle English spotte; cognate with Middle Dutch, Low German spot speck, Old Norse spotti bit; (v.) late Middle English spotten to stain, mark, derivative of the noun

spotlike, adjective
spottable, adjective
nonspottable, adjective
respot, verb, respotted, respotting.
unspottable, adjective


2. taint, stigma. 6. locale, site, situation. 21. stain, taint, stigmatize, soil, tarnish. 22. speckle.
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hit (hɪt)
 
vb , hits, hitting, hit
1.  (also intr) to deal (a blow or stroke) to (a person or thing); strike: the man hit the child
2.  to come into violent contact with: the car hit the tree
3.  to reach or strike with a missile, thrown object, etc: to hit a target
4.  to make or cause to make forceful contact; knock or bump: I hit my arm on the table
5.  to propel or cause to move by striking: to hit a ball
6.  cricket to score (runs)
7.  to affect (a person, place, or thing) suddenly or adversely: his illness hit his wife very hard
8.  to become suddenly apparent to (a person): the reason for his behaviour hit me and made the whole episode clear
9.  to achieve or reach: to hit the jackpot; unemployment hit a new high
10.  to experience or encounter: I've hit a slight snag here
11.  slang to murder (a rival criminal) in fulfilment of an underworld contract or vendetta
12.  to accord or suit (esp in the phrase hit one's fancy)
13.  to guess correctly or find out by accident: you have hit the answer
14.  informal to set out on (a road, path, etc): let's hit the road
15.  informal to arrive or appear in: he will hit town tomorrow night
16.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) to demand or request from: he hit me for a pound
17.  slang to drink an excessive amount of (alcohol): to hit the bottle
18.  slang music hit it start playing
19.  slang (US) hit skins to have sexual intercourse
20.  slang hit the sack, hit the hay to go to bed
21.  not know what has hit one to be completely taken by surprise
 
n
22.  an impact or collision
23.  a shot, blow, etc, that reaches its object
24.  an apt, witty, or telling remark
25.  informal
 a.  a person or thing that gains wide appeal: she's a hit with everyone
 b.  (as modifier): a hit record
26.  informal a stroke of luck
27.  slang
 a.  a murder carried out as the result of an underworld vendetta or rivalry
 b.  (as modifier): a hit squad
28.  slang a drag on a cigarette, a swig from a bottle, a line of a drug, or an injection of heroin
29.  computing a single visit to a website
30.  informal make a hit with, score a hit with to make a favourable impression on
 
[Old English hittan, from Old Norse hitta]

spot (spɒt)
 
n
1.  a small mark on a surface, such as a circular patch or stain, differing in colour or texture from its surroundings
2.  a geographical area that is restricted in extent: a beauty spot
3.  a location: this is the exact spot on which he died
4.  a blemish of the skin, esp a pimple or one occurring through some disease
5.  a blemish on the character of a person; moral flaw
6.  informal a place of entertainment: we hit all the night spots
7.  informal chiefly (Brit) a small quantity or amount: a spot of lunch
8.  informal an awkward situation: that puts me in a bit of a spot
9.  a short period between regular television or radio programmes that is used for advertising
10.  a position or length of time in a show assigned to a specific performer
11.  short for spotlight
12.  in billiards
 a.  Also called: spot ball the white ball that is distinguished from the plain by a mark or spot
 b.  the player using this ball
13.  billiards, snooker one of several small black dots on a table that mark where a ball is to be placed
14.  (modifier)
 a.  spot market See also spot price denoting or relating to goods, currencies, or securities available for immediate delivery and payment: spot goods
 b.  involving immediate cash payment: spot sales
15.  (used mainly in negative constructions) change one's spots to reform one's character
16.  high spot an outstanding event: the high spot of the holiday was the visit to the winery
17.  knock spots off to outstrip or outdo with ease
18.  on the spot
 a.  immediately
 b.  at the place in question
 c.  in the best possible position to deal with a situation
 d.  in an awkward predicament
 e.  without moving from the place of one's location, etc
 f.  (as modifier): our on-the-spot reporter
19.  soft spot a special sympathetic affection or weakness for a person or thing
20.  tight spot a serious, difficult, or dangerous situation
21.  weak spot
 a.  some aspect of a character or situation that is susceptible to criticism
 b.  a flaw in a person's knowledge: classics is my weak spot
 
vb , spots, spotting, spotted
22.  (tr) to observe or perceive suddenly, esp under difficult circumstances; discern
23.  to put stains or spots upon (something)
24.  (intr) (of some fabrics) to be susceptible to spotting by or as if by water: silk spots easily
25.  (tr) to place here and there: they spotted observers along the border
26.  to look out for and note (trains, talent, etc)
27.  (intr) to rain slightly; spit
28.  (tr) billiards to place (a ball) on one of the spots
29.  military to adjust fire in order to correct deviations from (the target) by observation
30.  informal (US) (tr) to yield (an advantage or concession) to (one's opponent): to spot someone a piece in chess
 
[C12 (in the sense: moral blemish): of German origin; compare Middle Dutch spotte, Old Norse spotti]
 
'spottable
 
adj

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hit
O.E. hyttan "come upon, meet with," from O.N. hitta "to light upon, meet with," from P.Gmc. *khitjanan. Meaning shifted in late O.E. period to "strike," via "to reach with a blow or missile," and replaced O.E. slean in this sense. Noun meaning "successful play, song, person," etc. first recorded 1811,
from verb meaning "to hit the mark, succeed" (c.1400). Underworld slang meaning "to kill by plan" is 1955 (n. is from 1970). Meaning "dose of narcotic" is 1951, from phrases like hit the bottle "drink alcohol" (1889). Original sense survives in phrases such as hit it off (1780) and hit on (1970s). To hit the nail on the head (1574) is from archery. Hit the road "leave" is from 1873; to hit (someone) up "request something" is from 1917. Hit and run is 1899 as a baseball play, 1924 as a driver failing to stop at a crash he caused. To not know what hit (one) is from 1923.

spot
c.1200, "moral stain," probably from O.E. splott "a spot, blot, patch (of land)" infl. by M.Du. spotte "spot, speck." Other cognates are E.Fris. spot "speck," N.Fris. spot "speck, piece of ground," O.N. spotti "small piece." It is likely that some of these are borrowed, but the exact evolution now is
impossible to trace. Meaning "speck, stain" is from c.1340. The sense of "particular place" is from c.1300. Meaning "short interval in a broadcast for an advertisement or announcement" is from 1923. Proceeded by a number (e.g. five-spot) it originally was a term for "prison sentence" of that many years (1901, Amer.Eng. slang). To put (someone) on the spot "place in a difficult situation" is from 1928. Colloquial phrase to hit the spot "satisfy, be what is required" is from 1868. Spot check first attested 1933. Spot on "completely, accurately" is attested from 1920.

spot
early 15c., "to stain, sully, tarnish" from spot (n.). Sense of "to stain with spots" is attested from mid-15c. Meaning "to see and recognize," is from 1718, originally colloquial and applied to a criminal or suspected person; the general sense is from 1860.
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spot (spŏt)
n.

  1. A mark on a surface differing sharply in color from its surroundings.

  2. A stain or blot.

v. spot·ted, spot·ting, spots
To lose a slight amount of blood through the vagina.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
SPOT
satellite positioning and tracking
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