1. phrasal verb If you hit out at someone, you try to hit them, although you may miss them. [mainly British] [V P + at] ⇒ I used to hit out at my husband and throw things at him. [V P] ⇒ I had never punched anybody in my life but I hit out and gave him a black eye. 2. phrasal verb → hit If you hit out at someone or something, you criticize them strongly because you do not agree with them. [journalism] [V P + at/against] ⇒ The President took the opportunity to hit out at what he sees as foreign interference. [V P] ⇒ Brazilian soccer boss Carlos Parreira hit out angrily last night after his side were barred from training at Wembley.
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