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What does "hit with" mean?

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Rebecca

This phrase is used as "hit someone with something." First meaning is "to charge someone with an amount of money." e.g., The government hit us with a big fine. e.g., The tax people hit us with a huge tax bill. Second meaning is "to present someone with shocking or surprising news." e.g., He was shocked when she hit him with the news that she was leaving. e.g., Don't hit me with another piece of bad news!

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