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To hit a person - thesaurus

Synonyms

hit

verb

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

beat

verb

to hit someone violently several times

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

informal to attack or punish someone by hitting them with your fist

batter

verb

to deliberately hit someone many 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 while

hit

verb

if a vehicle hits someone or something, it moves against them with great force

punch

verb

to hit someone or something with your fist (=closed hand), usually as hard as you can

sjambok

verb

South African to hit someone with a sjambok

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bash

verb

informal to hit someone or something very hard, often causing injury or serious damage

bean

verb

Americaninformal to hit someone’s head with something

beat/knock the (living) daylights out of someone

informal to hit someone very hard many times so that you injure them seriously

beat on

to hurt someone by hitting them a lot of times

beat out

to make someone tell you something by hitting them

beat someone to a pulp

to hit someone hard many times, until they are badly hurt or dead

beat/thrash someone (to) within an inch of their life

to hit someone so hard that they almost die

belabor

verb

Americanold-fashioned to hit someone or something hard many times

belt

verb

informal to hit someone or something very hard

bombard

verb

to attack someone or something by hitting them with a lot of objects or by hitting them many times

bonk

verb

informal to hit someone gently on the head, or to accidentally hit your head on something

bop

verb

to hit someone, especially on the head

brain

verb

informal to hit someone very hard on the head

butt

verb

if a person or animal such as a goat butts someone or something, they hit them with the top of their head

catch

verb

to hit someone on a part of their body

chop

verb

to hit someone or something hard with the side of your hand

clap someone on the back/shoulder

to hit someone on their back/shoulder with your hand in a friendly way

clobber

verb

informal to hit someone very hard

clock

verb

informal to hit someone

clout

verb

informal to hit someone or something hard with your hand

club

verb

to hit someone with a heavy object

conk

verb

informal to hit someone, especially on their head

connect

verb

to manage to hit someone or something

cosh

verb

Britishinformal to hit someone with a cosh

crack

verb

to hit someone on the head with a lot of force

crown

verb

informal old-fashioned to hit someone hard on the head

cudgel

verb

to hit someone hard and usually several times with a cudgel

cuff

verb

mainly British to hit someone with your open hand, usually on the head

deal a blow to

formal to hit someone or something

deliver

verb

if you deliver a blow or punch to part of someone’s body, you hit them there very hard

do over

British to attack someone and hit and kick them

elbow

verb

to push or hit someone with your elbow

fetch someone a blow/slap

to hit someone

fight back

to hit or kick someone who is attacking you

flail

verb

to hit someone many times with something such as a stick

flay

verb

to hit or whip a person or animal severely, so that the skin is broken

give someone/something a belt

to hit someone or something hard

head-butt

verb

to hit someone with your head

hit/beat/knock someone over the head

to deliberately hit the top of someone’s head with an object

horsewhip

verb

to hit someone with a horsewhip

knee

verb

to hurt someone by hitting them with your knee

knock around

to hit someone a lot

knock the breath/wind out of someone

to hit or throw someone, so that they cannot breathe easily

land a punch/blow

to succeed in hitting someone

lash

verb

to hit a person or animal with a whip or thin stick, especially as a punishment

lick

verb

informal to hit someone

pack a punch

to be able to hit someone hard with your fist

pistol-whip

verb

to hit someone several times with a pistol

pop

verb

informal to hit someone

pummel

verb

to hit someone or something many times, for example with your fists (=closed hands)

punch someone’s lights out

to hit someone very hard in the face

rain

verb

to hit or hit against someone or something violently many times

scourge

verb

to whip someone

send someone/something flying

to make someone or something move quickly through the air by hitting them

slap

verb

to hit someone or something quickly with the palm of the hand or a flat object, making a loud noise

slap around

to hit someone more than once. This word is used especially about men who hit their wives or girlfriends.

slap/hit someone upside the head

to hit someone on the side of their head

slog

verb

informal to hit someone very hard, especially in boxing

slug

verb

informal to hit someone or something very hard with your fist

smack

verb

Britishinformal to hit someone with your fist (=closed hand)

smash someone’s face/head in

informal to hit someone hard in the face

smite

verb

an old word meaning to hit someone or something very hard

sock

verb

informal to hit someone or something with a lot of force

spank

verb

to hit someone, especially a child, on their bottom (=the part of the body they sit on) with the palm of your hand

strike

verb

formal to hit someone or something with your hand, a tool, or a weapon

tan someone’s hide

to punish someone severely by hitting them

thrash

verb

to hit someone hard several times, especially as a punishment

throw a punch

to hit someone with your fist (=closed hand)

thump

verb

to hit someone or something with your fist (=closed hand)

thwack

verb

informal to hit someone or something with a thwack

wallop

verb

informal to hit someone or something very hard

whack

verb

informal to hit someone or something with a lot of force

whale at

to hit someone or something very hard

whip

verb

to hit someone with a whip

wind

verb

to hit someone in the stomach and cause them to have difficulty breathing

wipe the floor with someone

to hit someone many times

work over

to injure someone severely by hitting them

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