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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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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: He 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, and 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.
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