English Idiom – Hit the road.

Meaning – To leave or to begin a journey. To depart, especially in order to go home.

The idiom hit the road was featured in a song by Ray Charles in 1961 – see below:

Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack (Lyric Video)

Related Road Expressions:

There are many other idioms that begin with “Hit the…” Here are some common ones:

  • Hit the bar/club – To visit a bar/club.
  • Hit the big time – To become famous or successful.
  • Hit the books – To study.
  • Hit the bottle – To get drunk; to drink too much alcohol regularly.
  • Hit the deck – To fall to the ground suddenly to avoid danger.
  • Hit the gas – To accelerate.
  • Hit the ground running – To begin doing something new with great energy or skill.
  • Hit the hay – To go to bed.
  • Hit the jackpot – To win a lot of money or to be very successful.
  • Hit the mark – To be correct or suitable.
  • Hit the nail on the head – To be absolutely right about something.
  • Hit the roof – To suddenly become very angry.
  • Hit the sack – To go to bed.
  • Hit the spot – To be exactly right or to give total satisfaction.


  • You need to head home after a wonderful evening with friends.
  • A trip is coming to an end and you need to start driving home.
  • You need to tell a customer in your restaurant that they have overstayed their welcome and it is time for them to leave!


  • “It has been great seeing you again but I’ve got a long drive home. It’s time for us to hit the road!”

In The News:

Eagles Hit the Road to Play Vikings, Hornets


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

What is FunkyEnglish?

FunkyEnglish is a website that helps you improve your English. We offer quick lessons that teach idiomsslangphrasal verbs and more. Visit our homepage to see our latest articles, or use the menu to find specific content!