hit out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
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.

See also main entry: hit