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


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: 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


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

intransitive verb

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

Examples of hit-and-run in a Sentence

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Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office records indicate Luna died at the hospital around 9:30 p.m. The arrest of Peralta-Berrios comes after police called on the community to share any information about the hit-and-run driver. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 June 2024 The hit-and-run involving the pedestrian was reported shortly before 1 a.m. on 16th Street, between V and U streets, just north of the Highway 50 portion of the Capital City Freeway. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 31 May 2024 Anyone with information about the hit-and-run crash is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 31 May 2024 The man who hit her, a San Francisco Parks employee, was charged with manslaughter in the hit-and-run, CBS San Francisco reported. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for hit-and-run 

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Word History

First Known Use


1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1904, in the meaning defined above


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 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

Legal Definition


: 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
: involving or concerning a hit-and-run driver
a hit-and-run accident
hit-and-run statutes

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