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To hit a person

hit

verb

to move your hand or an object onto someone’s body with great force, so that you hurt them

smack

verb

to hit someone with your flat hand or a flat object

bludgeon

verb

to hit someone hard with a heavy object

thump

verb

to attack or punish someone by hitting them with your fist

batter

verb

to deliberately hit someone many times

beat

verb

to hit someone violently several times

beat up

to hurt someone by hitting or kicking them many times

stun

verb

to hit someone so hard on the head that they cannot defend themselves or they become unconscious for a short time

thrash

verb

to hit someone hard several times, especially as a punishment

knock around

to hit someone a lot

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