hit on/upon

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hit on/upon

1 US, informal : to talk to (someone) in order to try to start a sexual relationship
  • She's always being/getting hit on at the gym.
  • Some drunk at the bar was hitting on her.
2 : to succeed in finding (something, such as a solution)
  • She thought about the problem for days before she finally hit on a solution.
  • We hit upon the answer accidentally.

Word by Word Definitions

hit play
  1. : to reach with or as if with a sudden blow

  2. : to come in quick forceful contact with

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

  1. : an act or instance of striking or forcefully coming in contact with someone or something : an act or instance of hitting or being hit

  2. : a stroke of luck

  3. : a great success

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


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