not know what hit


not know what hit
(not) know what hit (you) to feel very shocked and confused because something, usually something bad, happens to you suddenly when you were not expecting it.

The poor man stood there not knowing what had hit him, while the police arrested his wife and son.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • not know what hit — (you) to be shocked and confused by something surprising. When Nancy said she wanted a divorce, I didn t know what hit me. Usage notes: usually said about something bad, and often used in the form before someone knows what hit them: We ll have… …   New idioms dictionary

  • not know what hit you — spoken phrase to feel extremely shocked or surprised When it comes to the exam, they won’ t know what hit them. Thesaurus: to be shocked or surprisedsynonym Main entry: hit * * * not know what ˈhit you …   Useful english dictionary

  • not know what hit you — not know what hit (you) to be shocked and confused by something surprising. When Nancy said she wanted a divorce, I didn t know what hit me. Usage notes: usually said about something bad, and often used in the form before someone knows what hit… …   New idioms dictionary

  • not know what hit you — (not) know what hit (you) to feel very shocked and confused because something, usually something bad, happens to you suddenly when you were not expecting it. The poor man stood there not knowing what had hit him, while the police arrested his… …   New idioms dictionary

  • not know what hit one — verb To be extremely surprised by an event. She didnt know what hit her when her boyfriend broke up with her …   Wiktionary

  • not know what hit you — spoken to feel extremely shocked or surprised When it comes to the exam, they won t know what hit them …   English dictionary

  • know what hit you — (not) know what hit (you) to feel very shocked and confused because something, usually something bad, happens to you suddenly when you were not expecting it. The poor man stood there not knowing what had hit him, while the police arrested his… …   New idioms dictionary

  • know what hit — (not) know what hit (you) to feel very shocked and confused because something, usually something bad, happens to you suddenly when you were not expecting it. The poor man stood there not knowing what had hit him, while the police arrested his… …   New idioms dictionary

  • know what hit you — see ↑know, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑hit know what hit you used in negative statements to say that something you did not expect surprised you very much I didn t know what hit me–suddenly I just felt so dizzy. The company came out with an entirely new… …   Useful english dictionary

  • before knows what hit — before (someone) knows what hit (them) (not) know what hit (you) to feel very shocked and confused because something, usually something bad, happens to you suddenly when you were not expecting it. We ll break down the door and have the handcuffs… …   New idioms dictionary