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Hit, vb. 1) to touch, to strike; absol.: “hatefully at random dost thou h.” Ven. 940. “how hard true sorrow --s,” Sonn. 120, 10. “the fencer's foils, which h., but hurt not,” Ado V, 2, 14. Trans.: “whose tender horns being h.” Ven. 1033. “h. with Cupid's archery,” Mids. III, 2, 103. “to h. him in the eye,” Tw. II, 5, 51. “as surely as your feet h. the ground,” III, 4, 306. H4B I, 1, 149. H6C II, 2, 166. R3 IV, 4, 202; cf. Rom. III, 1, 173. H8 V, 4, 24. H8 V, 4, 24 H8 V, 4, 24 Hml. IV, 1, 44. Cymb. III, 3, 83 “(their thoughts do h. the roofs of palaces).” III, 4, 69. V, 5, 395. Used of odours touching the sense of smelling: “a strange perfume --s the sense of the adjacent wharfs,” Ant. II, 2, 217. Per. III, 2, 62. to h. dead == to kill: Troil. IV, 5, 251.
2) to strike or touch after taking aim, not to miss: Ado I, 1, 260. As II, 7, 53. Shr. V, 2, 50. Shr. V, 2, 50 Shr. V, 2, 50 Shr. V, 2, 50 H6B I, 1, 243. H8 II, 1, 165. Rom. I, 1, 213. Rom. I, 1, 213 Hml. V, 2, 306. Per. I, 1, 164. II, 1, 8. In an obscene sense: LLL IV, 1, 120. 123--136. Troil. I, 2, 293. Tit. II, 1, 97. Rom. II, 1, 33. “to be h. away,” Cymb. II, 1, 3 (== to be touched, and thrust away).
3) to guess, to find out: “'twill be a hard way to h.” Merch. II, 2, 48. “thou hast h. it,” Shr. II, 199. H4A II, 4, 381. H6B IV, 2, 21. Tit. II, 1, 97. Rom. II, 3, 41. II, 4, 59. Intr., with on: “I can never h. on's name,” Wiv. III, 2, 24. “thou mightst have h. upon it here,” Tim. IV, 3, 351. “a happiness that often madness --s on,” Hml. II, 2, 213. Of instead of on: “by what wonder you do h. of mine,” Err. III, 2, 30.
4) to render like, to make resembling (in painting): “your father's image is so h. in you,” Wint. V, 1, 127.
5) to succeed, not to be disappointed; “have all his ventures failed? what, not one h.?” Merch. III, 2, 270 (or subst.?). “oft expectation fails, and oft it --s where hope is coldest,” All's II, 1, 146. “h. or miss,” Troil. I, 3, 384.
6) to meet, to agree with; trans.: “what worst, --ing a grosser quality, is cried up for our best act,” H8 I, 2, 84. “my former speeches have but h. your thoughts, which can interpret further,” Mcb. III, 6, 1. Intr.: “this --s right,” Tim. III, 1, 6 (== coincides, falls out as was prognosticated). “let's h. together,” Lr. I, 1, 308 (== let us be of one mind. Ff. sit).
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