Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Phrase of the Day 167: 'hit the books'

"to hit the books"

definition: to prepare for classes by reading and doing homework.

example: 'How many times have I told you, Johnny! Make sure you spend at least 2 hours hitting the books!'

origin: This idiom says that when you really study hard, you "hit" the books. Why hit? Hit has many meanings. Among them are to come into contact with something forcefully ("The bomb hit its target") and to achieve something you desire ("He hit upon the right formula").