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I read this sentence:

Did that ever hit home!

None of these definitions hits home. It's neither a question (in which it would perfectly match) nor a negative sentence. And it does not mean "at any time", and it's not constantly, because it refers to a single event in the past when something shocked him.

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"4 used for emphasis in questions and other remarks, expressing astonishment or outrage". –  RegDwigнt Jun 1 '12 at 15:00
    
So in other words, it means "That hit home A LOT!" –  JAM Jun 1 '12 at 15:01
    
@RegDwightΒВBẞ8 Darn. I skipped that part behind "question". Can I downvote my question myself? ;p –  Em1 Jun 1 '12 at 15:03
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It is an emphasis phrase, in this case. It is meant to say that it did hit home, decisively and definitely, right in the middle of the goal/basket/nose or whatever.

It is, I think, a slight Americanism, although the precise origin I am not aware of.

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I have it as rhetorical, ironic: hit home, deep impact, if you have to ask the literal question, it didn't.

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Interestingly, it means exactly the same as Wow (! /,) or Boy (here they also would be pragmatic markers subclass emphasis), but probably because of the isoformal adverb, it takes medial (before the infinitive) position in the sentence.

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