hard-hit·​ting ˈhärd-ˈhi-tiŋ How to pronounce hard-hitting (audio)
: strikingly effective in force or result
a hard-hitting exposé
plain hard-hitting English

Examples of hard-hitting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jerry Jones may make more trades and signings — like agreeing on a two-year deal with Leighton Vander Esch after making nice with hard-hitting Donovan Wilson — that get them over a hump that’s played like Mount Everest. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 15 Mar. 2023 They are accompanied by hard-hitting dramas and semi-nonfiction films, and, as usual, the prize in several leading Oscars categories could be anyone's game. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 9 Mar. 2023 Leading an all-female team of performers including the DJ in keeping with the evening’s theme, the trilingual artist performed a hard-hitting set of songs with lyrics mixing Korean, English and Japanese. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 7 Mar. 2023 The high-tech recon vehicles are a Stryker brigade’s cavalry—its fast-moving, far-seeing, hard-hitting scouts. David Axe, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 The Philadelphia Flyers made two trades, sending Patrick Brown to Ottawa and hard-hitting winger Zack MacEwen to Los Angeles for Brendan Lemieux and a 2024 fifth-round pick. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2023 Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate A clever turn of phrase, a great pitch for a feature article or a hard-hitting investigation — these were things that made Michael Collier’s face break out in a big grin in a newsroom. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Feb. 2023 There is an exceptional team of journalists here with a burning passion for hard-hitting visual storytelling. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Feb. 2023 Orlov, issued No. 81, rode on the right side of a No. 3 defense pairing with Derek Forbort, bumping hard-hitting Connor Clifton out of the job for the night. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard-hitting was in 1831

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“Hard-hitting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-hitting. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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