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hit on/upon sth

phrasal verb with hit uk   us   /hɪt/ verb (past participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit)
to think of an idea when you didn't expect or intend to, especially one that solves a problem: When we first hit on the idea, everyone told us it would never work.
Translations of “hit on/upon sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 突然想到, 碰巧想出…
in Russian приходить в голову…
in Turkish birden aklına gelmek, bulmak, keşfetmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 突然想到, 碰巧想出…
in Polish wpaść na coś…
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