: sometimes successful and sometimes not : not reliably good or successful

Examples of hit-and-miss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arizona’s Jayden de Laura The hit-and-miss quarterback had plenty of hits in Arizona’s 31-24 overtime loss at Mississippi State, accounting for three touchdowns and 386 total yards. Jon Wilner | , oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2023 Showers are likely to remain very hit-and-miss with measurable amounts mainly less than a quarter of an inch. David Streit, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2023 Instead of hit-and-miss iterative processes, Toney and his team are trying to uncover the fundamental chemistry and physics that make our next-generation energy storage and generation systems operate. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Apr. 2017 Friday and Saturday will bring another chance for hit-and-miss storms. Kxas-Tv (nbc5), Dallas News, 6 June 2023 After a hit-and-miss couple of years for Team17, the publisher has returned to form by giving another outstanding debut a platform–this time, the first title from New Zealand studio Black Salt Games. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Our yoga class attendance can be hit-and-miss. Jessica Geltstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2023 Available in theaters and on myriad streaming platforms, the international assembly may be a hit-and-miss affair, but never outstays its welcome. Peter Debruge, Variety, 3 Mar. 2023 These sorts of hit-and-miss showers are hard to forecast and while some may see snow sticking to the ground, others may only have rain, or a rain snow mix Tuesday. oregonlive, 28 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hit-and-miss was in 1897

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“Hit-and-miss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit-and-miss. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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: sometimes successful and sometimes not : haphazard

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