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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hit, Hyt, v. P.t. hat, hatt(e, hett, hit(t, hyt(t. P.p. hit, hyt, hitten. [ME. hit, hitte, hyt, hytte (p.t. hit(te, hyt(te; p.p. hit, hyte, e.m.E. hitten), late OE. hyttan (p.t. hytte).]

1. tr. To hit or strike. Also fig.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxxiii. 110.
Sad sorow sa cane hyme hit
a1540 Freiris Berw. 514.
In to the nek se that ȝe hit him richt
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7550.
His awin taill hard on the heillis him hittis
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxx. 31.
I sall hit thy spindall schyn
(b) 1375 Barb. v. 624.
He … hit the fader in the e
a1400 Leg. S. xix. 581.
Sowne ane erow in the ee Hyme hit
?1438 Alex. I. 1489.
He … hit him on the helm of steill
Ib. ii. 4434.
Betys … with the staluart speir him hit
c1475 Wall. ii. 49.
Vpon the hed ane with the steing hitt he
Ib. x. 332.
Quham euir he hytt, thair sawchnyng was unsoft
(2) a1508 Kind Kyttok 32.
Sanct Petir hat hir with a club
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 147.
He … hat the ane vpon the heid
Ib. 768.
The squyer … hat the capitane sic ane flap
a1568 Bann. MS. 136 b/9.
The carling … hatt him sic ane blaw
1592 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 28.
Casting of ane stane at him, quhilk hat him vpone the schoulder
1622-6 Bisset II. 246.
The maister of the schip that hat the uthir man
1629 Dundonald Par. Rec. 279.
She hatte the kow with her aproune
fig. a1578 Pitsc. I. 221/21.
The chancellar … heirand the … accusatioun of lord Dauid Lyndsay … thocht he hatt thame ower neir
(3) 1602 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 1 b.
The said Dauid … kwist hir doun and hett hir thrie straikis
(c) 1513 Doug. iv. ii. 43.
Onknaw the beste was hyt
1513 Doug. v. iii. 90.
The mekyll hyllys Bemys agane, hit with the brute so schil is
a1568 Scott ii. 37.
Sym … hecht he sowld be hittin

b. To hit upon, get correctly. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 857.
Sypeins, sir, sypeins: marie! now ȝe hit it

2. intr. To deliver a blow; to make a hit, to come upon. 1375 Barb. vi. 164.
Quhar he hit with evin strak, Thar mycht no thing agane it stand
Ib. xvii. 719.
The gynour Hit in ane espyne with a stane
a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 836.
One that place mycht nane of thame Hyt, wald thai neuir sa fayne
c1420 Wynt. viii. 5154.
At the tothir cours off were The Dowglas hit, and brak his spere
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 244/29.
[He] falȝeit na schot within a faldome quhar it was chargit him to hit
1513 Doug. ii. iv. 44.
Gif on his forhed the dynt hyttis nocht rycht
a1568 Scott xxxiii. 24.
Thow … markis quhair nevir styme thow seis Bot hittis be gais [= guess]

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