Hit The Books

What does hit the books mean?


To hit the books means to study. High school and college students often use this phrase, when telling others that they have to complete some required reading or study for a test.

Hit the books is likely a variant of hit the trail and hit the road - both of which mean to set out on a journey. The journey, in this case, involves a student expanding their mind, rather than traveling to another physical destination. (Though sometimes, students do travel to a library or cafe to hit the books.)


You want to come out tonight?
Nah, I've gotta hit the books. My first midterm is tomorrow

Sometimes, the books hit back

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Updated September 7, 2023

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