hit-or-miss

adjective
\ ˌhit-ər-ˈmis How to pronounce hit-or-miss (audio) \

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

adverb

Definition of hit or miss (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a hit-or-miss manner : haphazardly

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 The Texas Longhorns have been hit or miss all season long, and their offense can really struggle for long stretches. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 15 Mar. 2022 In the nature of such risky stage business, the playful interludes are hit or miss: Stunts are arranged to draw audience members into the play, which embroider the carnival atmosphere but feel a bit halfhearted. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 Climate controls and vehicle settings are hit or miss. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 6 Apr. 2022 While activity could be hit or miss, some storms may be severe, with strong damaging winds the main risk. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 Despite his success, Williams says the strategy can be hit or miss. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 24 Feb. 2022 The heaviest activity is probably focused before midnight, and it’ll be somewhat hit or miss. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 Despite unlocking the device while incognito in sunglasses and a hat on my first try, repeating this feat was also hit or miss. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 For the first collision, this was pretty easy to determine, because the launch angle of the cue ball would either hit or miss that 1 ball. Rhett Allain, Wired, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hit-or-miss

Adjective

1848, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

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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“Hit-or-miss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit-or-miss. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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