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hit the jackpot

Definition of hit the jackpot

  1. 1 :  to win all the money that can be won in a game of chance <He hit the jackpot on the slot machine.>

  2. 2 :  to have unexpected success or good luck <He really hit the jackpot with his new restaurant.> <They hit the jackpot when they hired her. She turned out to be a very valuable employee.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to reach with or as if with a blow

    :  to come in contact with

    :  to strike (as a ball) with an object (as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion

  1. :  an act or instance of hitting or being hit

    :  a stroke of luck

    :  a great success

  1. :  a hand or game of draw poker in which a pair of jacks or better is required to open

    :  a large pot (as in poker) formed by the accumulation of stakes from previous play

    :  a combination on a slot machine that wins a top prize or all the coins available for paying out

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mysterious, holy, or spiritual

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