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Here is a line from an American drama[Manifest]: [I ran the tags on the screen caps of the buses that you sent me. The State Police's automatic license-plate reader got all five of them heading south after they left the hangar. The entire caravan registered multiple hits: tunnels, highway on-ramps. Five buses, until they exited the thruway, then one of them disappeared.] What confused me was the meaning of "hits". I don't know the rules of American high way driving... Does it mean something like toll stations?

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    We need more context. But it doesn't seem to have anything to do with tolls, unless by "highways" what was meant was "turnpikes". What is the American drama?
    – TimR
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 14:40
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    Agree that more context is required. At a guess I would say that the caravan is registering hits on monitoring systems such as ANPR (i.e. registering positive matches).
    – Lee Mac
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 14:50
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    Please cite your source. The context helps users better understand the meaning. Include the name of the drama (not just "American drama"), with the episode name/number, a timestamp, a summary of the situation, and larger portion of the text/dialogue.
    – Em.
    Commented Nov 25, 2018 at 8:22

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This is a great example of why we ask for context. In this case the preceding lines in the show make it clear what "hits" means:

I ran the tags on the screen caps of the buses that you sent me. The State Police's automatic license-plate reader got all five of them heading south after they left the hangar. The entire caravan registered multiple hits: tunnels, highway on-ramps. Five buses, until they exited the thruway, then one of them disappeared.

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"Hits" is used in the same sense we speak of "hits" on Google or any similar search: they're instances of the license-plate reader identifying the buses being tracked.

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