Long, long time ago there was a song of Britney Spears "Baby one more time" with phrase "Hit me baby one more time". Since that time I wondering, what is primary meaning of 'hit me' in this context? I understand that 'hit me' may have many different meanings: 'push me', 'reach me', 'impress me', may be even 'f*ck me'.
But what is the most obvious meaning of this phrase for native English-speaking peoples? When you're hearing this song, what you think Britney exactly asking her ex-boyfriend to do with her, when she singing "hit me baby one more time"?
Thanks in advance for your answers!

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  • Ivan, I think this question strays into seeking personal opinion with "When you're hearing this song, what you think Britney [is] exactly asking?" Questions that encourage primarily opinion-based answers are off-topic on this site. For further guidance, see How to Ask, and take the site Tour :-) – Chappo Oct 27 '18 at 23:21
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    Maybe I should clarify my question. For example, if my ex-girlfriend ask me to hit her one more time, what does it mean? I understand that 'hit me' may have many different meaning in different phrases but what is primary one in context of asking by the girl from a man? What should I do to comply with her request? It's not about Britney and her song, it's about general meaning of this phrase. – Ivan Olshansky Oct 27 '18 at 23:42
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    It's very sad that you set this question on hold. Especially when there is at least one good answer (by Hot Licks). And answer of Hot Licks is not opinion-based (there are many evidence in Net, that 'hit me' is really used in blackjack in a very similar way) :( – Ivan Olshansky Oct 28 '18 at 5:17

The "literal" interpretation of "hit me" would be for someone playing a card game like blackjack to be telling the dealer to deal another card.

But the term has escaped Las Vegas, and now carries the general meaning of "do it again". Without considerable context it's impossible to say with any preciseness what "it" is.

In the context of the song it could mean simply "kiss me", or it could mean contact that is rather more physical. The song is intentionally vague in this regard.

  • Hot Licks, thank you! I didn't know about this Las Vegas meaning before. So whole phrase "hit me baby one more time" may mean just "do it baby with me (or to me) one more time"? – Ivan Olshansky Oct 28 '18 at 1:53
  • Uhm, the literal meaning of "hit me" is "strike me" (physically). The "give me another card" (or drink, when said to a bartender) meaning is figurative. – michael.hor257k Oct 28 '18 at 7:42
  • @michael.hor257k - That's why I put "literal" in quotes. – Hot Licks Oct 28 '18 at 11:40

My take: "hit me" here is equal in meaning to "make a pass at me"

From dict: make a pass at. 1. Flirt or make advances to someone, especially of a sexual nature, as in "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses" (Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep As A Well, 1936)

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    The idiom meaning "make a pass at me" is "hit on me," not "hit me." – Robusto Oct 28 '18 at 1:30
  • It can be that for poetic reasons, the preposition "on" was omitted in the lyrics though. Any other thoughts? – Tommy Oct 28 '18 at 14:26

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