Meaning of “hit on/upon something” in the English Dictionary

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"hit on/upon something" in American English

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hit on/upon something

phrasal verb with hit us /hɪt/ verb [ T ]

to think of an idea unexpectedly or unintentionally:

When we first hit on the idea, everyone told us it would never work.

(Definition of “hit on/upon something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)