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hit

[hit] /hɪt/
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.
  1. to make (a base hit):
    He hit a single and a home run.
  2. 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.
  1. a game won by a player after the opponent has thrown off one or more men from the board.
  2. 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.
  1. (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.
  2. 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,
  1. to represent or describe precisely or aptly:
    In his new book he hits off the American temperament with amazing insight.
  2. 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,
  1. to deal a blow aimlessly:
    a child hitting out in anger and frustration.
  2. to make a violent verbal attack:
    Critics hit out at the administration's new energy policy.
36.
hit up, Slang.
  1. to ask to borrow money from:
    He hit me up for ten bucks.
  2. 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,
  1. to go out on the town; go nightclubbing:
    We'll hit the high spots when you come to town.
  2. 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
1100
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
Related forms
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
Synonyms
1. See strike, beat. 25, 27, 29. See blow1 .

spot

[spot] /spɒt/
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.
  1. one of various traditional, geometric drawings of a club, diamond, heart, or spade on a playing card for indicating suit and value.
  2. 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.
  1. a small quantity of anything.
  2. 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.
17.
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.
  1. to determine (a location) precisely on either the ground or a map.
  2. 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.
  1. pertaining to the point of origin of a local broadcast.
  2. 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,
  1. without delay; at once; instantly.
  2. at the very place in question.
  3. in a difficult or embarrassing position.
  4. 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
Related forms
spotlike, adjective
spottable, adjective
nonspottable, adjective
respot, verb, respotted, respotting.
unspottable, adjective
Synonyms
2. taint, stigma. 6. locale, site, situation. 21. stain, taint, stigmatize, soil, tarnish. 22. speckle.
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British Dictionary definitions for hit the high spots

hit

/hɪt/
verb (mainly transitive) hits, hitting, hit
1.
(also intransitive) 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, mainly 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.
(music, slang) hit it, start playing
19.
(US, slang) 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
noun
22.
an impact or collision
23.
a shot, blow, etc, that reaches its object
24.
an apt, witty, or telling remark
25.
(informal)
  1. a person or thing that gains wide appeal: she's a hit with everyone
  2. (as modifier): a hit record
26.
(informal) a stroke of luck
27.
(slang)
  1. a murder carried out as the result of an underworld vendetta or rivalry
  2. (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
See also hit off, hit on, hit out
Word Origin
Old English hittan, from Old Norse hitta

spot

/spɒt/
noun
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, mainly 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)
  1. Also called spot ball. the white ball that is distinguished from the plain by a mark or spot
  2. 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)
  1. denoting or relating to goods, currencies, or securities available for immediate delivery and payment: spot goods See also spot market, spot price
  2. 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
  1. immediately
  2. at the place in question
  3. in the best possible position to deal with a situation
  4. in an awkward predicament
  5. without moving from the place of one's location, etc
  6. (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
  1. some aspect of a character or situation that is susceptible to criticism
  2. a flaw in a person's knowledge: classics is my weak spot
verb spots, spotting, spotted
22.
(transitive) to observe or perceive suddenly, esp under difficult circumstances; discern
23.
to put stains or spots upon (something)
24.
(intransitive) (of some fabrics) to be susceptible to spotting by or as if by water: silk spots easily
25.
(transitive) to place here and there: they spotted observers along the border
26.
to look out for and note (trains, talent, etc)
27.
(intransitive) to rain slightly; spit
28.
(transitive) (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.
(transitive) (US, informal) to yield (an advantage or concession) to (one's opponent): to spot someone a piece in chess
Derived Forms
spottable, adjective
Word Origin
C12 (in the sense: moral blemish): of German origin; compare Middle Dutch spotte, Old Norse spotti
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Word Origin and History for hit the high spots

hit

v.

late Old English hyttan, hittan "come upon, meet with, fall in with, 'hit' upon," from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse hitta "to light upon, meet with," also "to hit, strike;" Swedish hitta "to find," Danish and Norwegian hitte "to hit, find," from Proto-Germanic *hitjanan. Related: Hitting. Meaning shifted in late Old English period to "strike," via "to reach with a blow or missile," and replaced Old English slean in this sense. Original sense survives in phrases such as hit it off (1780, earlier in same sense hit it, 1630s) and is revived in hit on (1970s).

Underworld slang meaning "to kill by plan" is 1955 (as a noun in this sense from 1970). To hit the bottle "drink alcohol" is from 1889. To hit the nail on the head (1570s) 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.

n.

late 15c., "a rebuke;" 1590s as "a blow," from hit (v.). Meaning "successful play, song, person," etc., 1811, is from the verbal sense of "to hit the mark, succeed" (c.1400). Underworld slang meaning "a killing" is from 1970. Meaning "dose of narcotic" is 1951, from phrases such as hit the bottle.

spot

n.

c.1200, "moral stain," probably from Old English splott "a spot, blot, patch (of land)" infl. by Middle Dutch spotte "spot, speck." Other cognates are East Frisian spot "speck," North Frisian spot "speck, piece of ground," Old Norse 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 mid-14c. 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, American English 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.

v.

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. Related: Spotted; spotting.

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hit the high spots in Medicine

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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Slang definitions & phrases for hit the high spots

hit

modifier

: a hit musical/ a hit song

noun
  1. Anything very successful and popular, esp a show, book, etc: He wrote two Broadway hits (1815+)
  2. A stroke of good fortune at gambling, on the stock market, etc; lucky break: a big hit on the commodities exchange (1666+)
  3. A premeditated murder or organized-crime execution, esp one contracted for with a professional killer: ''He can order a hit,'' a police officer says/ There is no set price for a hit (1970+ Underworld)
  4. A stroke of severe criticism; attack; assault: the club hired the firm to counter the hits it was taking in the media/ Zavala took a double hit because her husband also refused to cross the picket line (1668+)
  5. A dose, inhalation, etc, of narcotics; fix •Hit the pipe, ''smoke opium,'' is found by 1886: The current price of cocaine was about $10 a ''hit''/ He held a long hit in his mouth, then expelled it slowly (1951+ Narcotics)
  6. A drink; swallow; snort: a tall glass of thick, slightly green fluid, and said, ''Take a big hit off this, Felix'' (1950s+)
  7. A pleasurable sensation; rush: People jockeyed for position around the foyer to get a little hit of darshan (1960s+ Narcotics)
  8. A cigarette into which heroin has been introduced: GIs sit smoking the mixed tobacco-and-heroin cigarettes called ''hits'' (1960s+ Narcotics)
  9. A dilution or ''cutting'' of a narcotic: You give it a full hit, you already double your price (1970s+ Narcotics)
  10. Each separate occasion; each time; pop, shot: You should be on a tour, where you can get 2,000 people a hit (1980s+)
  11. An unwanted, unwarranted, hospital admission: The ambulance people asked which hospital would take the hit (1980s+ Medical)
  12. A match between a search item and an item in a database: That year, Popcorn racked up 58 Nexis hits (1990s+ Computer)
  13. An interpretation; idea; take: My hit on this is he heard about Brian (1990s+)
verb
  1. : I think this show will hit
  2. : She hit real big at the track last week
  3. rub out, whack: The mob figure got hit last night in his car (1955+)
  4. To reach; visit; attain: His new book hit the best-seller list/ The market hit a new high today (1888+)
  5. To pass an examination, esp with a good grade; ace: I really hit the eco final (1950s+ Students)
  6. To cause a strong reaction; have a strong impact: The injection hit the heart like a runaway locomotive (1891+)
Related Terms

banjo hit, make a hit, pinch hit, smash


spot

noun
  1. A short commercial or paid political announcement on radio or television: How do you like the spots, Senator? (1937+)
  2. A nightclub, restaurant, or other such venue of pleasure: They were often seen in a fashionable spot uptown (1940s+)
verb
  1. To give odds or a handicap; to give an advantage to: They spotted Pittsburgh five runs before getting down to serious business (1961+ Sports & gambling)
  2. To recognize or identify: I spotted her as a phony long ago (1848+)
  3. To lend someone something: spotted her ten bucks
Related Terms

deuce spot, five-spot, hit the spot, hot spot, johnny-on-the-spot, nightspot, on the spot, put someone on the spot, sweet spot, two-spot, x marks the spot

[found by 1718 in the second verb sense as ''identify as a wrongdoer'']


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Related Abbreviations for hit the high spots

SPOT

satellite positioning and tracking
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Idioms and Phrases with hit the high spots

hit the high spots

Also, hit the high points. Pay attention only to the most important places or parts. For example, We only had a week in New York, but we managed to hit the high spots, or His speech was brief, but he hit all the high points. This idiom alludes to running a dustcloth or paintbrush over an uneven surface and touching only the raised portions. [ c. 1900 ]
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