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    Could anybody please tell me what "hit the light" in the following context means?

    And, by the way,
    if you just take this road,
    you can get to the market way
    faster than hitting the light.

    The only thing that I can think of is that it's an ellipsis from "hit the light speed", but that's only a soft of wild guess.
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    Default Re: hit the light

    It may refer to the fact that there are traffic lights on the other road. However, I'm no expert on modern phraseology.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: hit the light

    Yes, it could. But if that were the case, wouldn't there have to be plural--that is "lights" instead of light, which would be an ellipsis from the compound "traffic lights"? At least that's how I always hear natives to refer to stoplights, always plural.
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    Default Re: hit the light

    At a push, if it was referring specifically to hitting a red light (which would be the only way a set of traffic lights could cause a delay), then singular might be used.

    Is there any more context in the piece that might give us a clue?
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    Default Re: hit the light

    There is more context all right, but it didn't help me much. Here goes:

    What was that sort of
    unusual flavor in it?
    Pumpkin spice.
    Pumpkin spice in the chili?
    Yeah. It’s a trick
    my sister, Lauren, taught me.
    She’s more like my mom
    than my real mom ever was.
    She took off
    when I was 12, so…


    And, by the way,
    if you just take this road,
    you can get to the market way
    faster than hitting the light.


    You are so sweet
    to show me around.
    It’s no problem. I don’t get
    out much with four kids.
    Well, if you ever need me to
    watch them, I’m right next door.
    Oh, thanks.
    How are the boys doing?
    (…)

    It's taken from here http://tosubtitles.com/drew-peterson...-english/42636
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    Default Re: hit the light

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    There is more context all right, but it didn't help me much. Here goes:

    What was that sort of
    unusual flavor in it?
    Pumpkin spice.
    Pumpkin spice in the chili?
    Yeah. It’s a trick
    my sister, Lauren, taught me.
    She’s more like my mom
    than my real mom ever was.
    She took off
    when I was 12, so…


    And, by the way,
    if you just take this road,
    you can get to the market way
    faster than hitting the light.


    You are so sweet
    to show me around.
    It’s no problem. I don’t get
    out much with four kids.
    Well, if you ever need me to
    watch them, I’m right next door.
    Oh, thanks.
    How are the boys doing?
    (…)

    It's taken from here Drew Peterson: Untouchable 2012 English English | Subtitles|Subtítulos|
    You're right, it doesn't help much! I clicked on the link but that page is so long I got fed up with scrolling down it and still not finding the relevant part. I can only assume that earlier in the conversation, they were talking about going to the market. The fact that that part starts with "By the way, ..." makes it sound as if the speaker has suddenly thought of some useful information referring back to a conversation they were having earlier. I think only that conversation would give us any hope of working out what they meant.
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    Default Re: hit the light

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You're right, it doesn't help much! I clicked on the link but that page is so long I got fed up with scrolling down it and still not finding the relevant part. I can only assume that earlier in the conversation, they were talking about going to the market. The fact that that part starts with "By the way, ..." makes it sound as if the speaker has suddenly thought of some useful information referring back to a conversation they were having earlier. I think only that conversation would give us any hope of working out what they meant.
    Next time, you don't need to scroll through the whole page, just press CTRL+F and write "market", it'll find the only occurrence of the world "market" and that's the relevant part.
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    Default Re: hit the light

    It must be referring to an alternate route that avoids a red light.

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