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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhit on
he/she/ithits on
present participlehitting on
past tensehit on
past participlehit on
  1. 1

    hit on


    hit upon

    hit on something to suddenly have an idea

    They hit on the idea of celebrating the occasion with a concert.

  2. 2

    hit on


    hit upon

    hit on something to discover something by chance

    She was scared he might hit on the truth.

  3. 3
    hit on someone mainly American informal to try to start a conversation with someone because you are sexually attracted to them
See also main entry: hit


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

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