|hit the bar
||go to the bar to buy some drinks
||Every night after work he hit the bar and stayed for hours.
|hit the books
||begin to study, crack a book
||Exams begin next week. It's time to hit the books.
|hit the bottle
||drink liquor, get drunk to forget problems
||When Laura left him, he hit the bottle, drinking to forget her.
|hit the brakes
||step on the brakes in a car or vehicle, try to stop
||When I saw that the other car couldn't stop, I hit the brakes.
|hit the bricks
||go to jail, be sentenced to a jail term, in the tank
||That was the last time he hit the bricks. He never went to jail again.
|hit the ceiling
||become very angry, lose your cool
||The third time we were late for class, she hit the ceiling.
|hit the ground running
||be able to work effectively when you begin a new job, self-starter
||We need someone who can hit the ground running, a person who needs no training.
|hit the hay
||go to bed, crash
||After supper he hit the hay. He was exhausted.
|hit the high notes
||sing high notes, play high notes
||Can you hit the high notes on your trumpet? High C?
|hit the nail on the head
||say the right word, suggest a good idea
||Your comment hit the nail on the head. You spoke the truth.