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Can you hit the bookstore?

 
 
SMickey
 
Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2018 09:24 pm
While talking about what we usually do in our spare time,
one of my buddies said,

'I love going to a bookstore. It's hands-down the greatest time for me.
I can go nuts on reading books there. I try to hit the bookstore everyday.'

I was able to see how much he loves reading books.
What was confusing though was if there is anything like 'hit the bookstore'

I entered 'hit the bookstore' on Google,
and was not convinced native speakers actually say that.

I'm familiar with 'hit the books', which Google showed countless example sentences including the phrase.

Maybe my buddy was confused 'hit the books' with 'hit the bookstore'.

Next time I see him, I'll let him know the phrase he used is wrong only after I got the conviction that 'hit the bookstore' isn't even a word.

Could you please tell me if 'hit the bookstore' is commonly and widely used and there's nothing wrong with it or not?

Thank you in advance.
 
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roger
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Reply Sun 8 Jul, 2018 09:44 pm
@SMickey,
"hit the bookstore" means to visit the bookstore.

Does it make sense? No. After all this time, are you still expecting the language to make sense? It's not an especially common expression, but you see 'hit the . . .' fairly often.

If you are going to a bank or liquor store, Do Not say you are going to hit the bank or liquor store. People might well think you're planning a robbery.

Don't give up, but at least consider the context. And don't tell your friend he is wrong.
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jul, 2018 05:35 am
Idiom that simply means you intend to go or be there.

You can “Hit the beach.”





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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jul, 2018 06:13 am
@SMickey,
http://esl-bits.net/idioms/id304.htm

Yes, you can hit the bookstore. It means you're going to go to the bookstore. Slightly unusual for the context but I have heard it in real life.

I'm going to hit the gym.

I'm going to hit the bar.

I'm just going to hit the can before we leave. (someone's going to go to the washroom before they leave)

Do we have time to hit the bookstore?

fairly common idiom

roger
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jul, 2018 12:51 pm
@ehBeth,
I was tempted to generate confusion by mentioning 'hiring a hit', but decided that would be so confusing that I shouldn't do it.

English is a flexible language
ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jul, 2018 04:45 pm
@roger,
take a hit

hit me (poker etc)


http://www.gumbyworld.com/wp-content/themes/duotive-three/images/home-large-gumby.png

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SMickey
 
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Reply Sun 22 Jul, 2018 06:01 am
@roger,
Got it.
And I will remember 'hit the bank' can be undestood as 'rob a bank'.
Thanks.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Sun 22 Jul, 2018 07:31 am
@roger,
Then there is the "I'd hit that!" idiom. It refers to your willingness to have sex with someone.
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