Meaning of “not know what hit you” in the English Dictionary

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"not know what hit you" in British English

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not know what hit you

to feel shocked or confused because something bad has happened to you suddenly when you were not expecting it

(Definition of “not know what hit you” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"not know what hit you" in American English

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not know what hit you

to be suddenly shocked and confused by something:

When he said I was fired, I didn’t know what hit me.

(Definition of “not know what hit you” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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