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Definition of hit-or-miss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hit or miss


Definition of hit or miss (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a hit-or-miss manner : haphazardly

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Examples of hit-or-miss in a Sentence

Adverb I was learning Spanish hit or miss, mostly just by hearing my friends speak it.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Widespread heavy rainfall Friday night into Saturday followed by hit or miss showers on Sunday and Monday,’’ forecasters wrote. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "After the deluge, spring returns," 16 May 2018 Episode recap podcasts can be hit or miss, often too meandering and dedicated to fan service. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 30 Mar. 2018 On an offense still developing and is sometimes hit or miss, field goal kicking must be virtually perfect. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Three questions LSU needs answered vs. Ole Miss," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hit-or-miss


1848, in the meaning defined above


1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hit-or-miss was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Hit-or-miss.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit-or-miss. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hit-or-miss

: not carefully planned or directed

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dull or mediocre

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