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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhit out
he/she/ithits out
present participlehitting out
past tensehit out
past participlehit out
  1. 1
    to try to hit someone or something in an uncontrolled way
    hit out at:

    The little boy screamed and hit out at her.

  2. 2
    to say or do something in order to cause someone emotional pain
    hit out at:

    I was hurt, so I hit out at both of them.

  3. 3
    to criticize someone or something very strongly
    hit out at/against:

    Ms. Wallis hit out at the court’s decision.

See also main entry: hit


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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