hit-and-run

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adjective

1
: being or relating to a hit-and-run in baseball
2
: being or involving a motor-vehicle driver who does not stop after being involved in an accident
3
: involving or intended for quick specific action or results
a hit-and-run raid

hit-and-run

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noun

: a baseball play calling for a runner on first to begin running as a pitch is delivered and for the batter to attempt to hit the pitch

hit-and-run

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verb

hit-and-ran; hitting-and-running; hit-and-runs

intransitive verb

: to execute a hit-and-run play in baseball

Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1904, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hit-and-run was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Hit-and-run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit-and-run. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

hit-and-run

adjective
-ˈrən
1
: being or involving a motor-vehicle driver who does not stop after having an accident
2
: involving or intended for quick action or results

Legal Definition

hit-and-run

adjective
1
: having left the scene of a motor vehicle accident without stopping to fulfill the duties imposed by law (as rendering aid or giving identification)
a hit-and-run driver
2
: involving or concerning a hit-and-run driver
a hit-and-run accident
hit-and-run statutes

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