hit-or-miss

adjective \ ˌhit-ər-ˈmis \
Updated on: 26 May 2018

Definition of hit-or-miss

: marked by a lack of care, forethought, system, or plan; also : hit-and-miss

First Known Use of hit-or-miss

1848

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hit or miss

adverb

Definition of hit or miss

: in a hit-or-miss manner : haphazardly

Examples of hit or miss in a Sentence

  1. I was learning Spanish hit or miss, mostly just by hearing my friends speak it.

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First Known Use of hit or miss

1606

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HIT-OR-MISS Defined for English Language Learners

hit-or-miss

Definition of hit-or-miss for English Language Learners

  • : not carefully planned or directed



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