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    "hit"?

    The photograph of Daniel was originally posted online by medical student Joyce Gilos Torrefranca. She posted two grainy photos to her Facebook page, saying: "I got inspired by a kid."

    Ms Torrefranca said she was taken aback by Daniel's diligent dedication to his homework.
    "I'm fortunate my parents were able to send me to school," she said. "I seldom go to coffee shops to study, but this kid just hit me. You really don't need much, you just have to be determined and focused on the things that you want to achieve."

    Homeless Filipino boy overwhelmed by support after being photographed doing homework

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/homeless...#ixzz3fd0wZTcd

    Is the word "hit" used in the sense of "inspired" in the given context?

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    Re: "hit"?

    Hello Odessa Dawn,

    I note this is in the Sydney Herald and so it may be how they use the word "hit" in Australia. It may be just slang. Yes, here it seems like, "inspired".

    In BrE this sentence sounds like the child hit her in the coffee shop (literally punched her). I had to follow the link you gave to read more before I was sure.

    In BrE we would say, "suddenly I was hit [inspired] by the idea....", as you correctly identified, which seems to be the origin of this other type of usage here.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 12-Jul-2015 at 01:49.

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    Re: "hit"?

    It's an idiom meaning something more like 'realize', or 'understand'. When it 'hits' you, you suddenly get the idea, see the point, have an epiphany, etc. It's like a sudden flash of understanding. Similar to saying you were struck by the realization that X was true.


    In the example above, when it 'hits' her, she suddenly realizes that you don't need much, just motivation.

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