\ 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


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 Selena Gomez's albums are either a hit or miss, but Rare is definitely a hit. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Best Love Songs of 2020 From Taylor Swift to Machine Gun Kelly," 25 Dec. 2020 Like most wellness products that are backed by tepid evidence, the results can be hit or miss. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, "Can CBD help you chill? Here’s what we know so far.," 4 Jan. 2021 The last three Star Wars movies have been hit or miss. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "The Mandalorian’s Second Season Gives Star Wars Fans Their Fix," 26 Dec. 2020 James Lea knows that reaching the space station can be hit or miss. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "Earthlings and astronauts chat away, via ham radio," 23 Dec. 2020 In my experience, these were hit or miss, but after playing the regular game a few times, the extra content will come in handy. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, "The 7th Jackbox Party Pack Is the First Perfect Pack," 15 Dec. 2020 As someone with oily and acne-prone skin, glow-boosting products (a substantial moisturiser or even a buttery highlighter balm) have historically been very hit or miss. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "Glow Recipe’s New Serum Is Instant-Dewy Skin In A Bottle," 9 Dec. 2020 In years past, it was sometimes hit or miss which developers would make the trek to the show, especially when dealing with international studios. Los Angeles Times, "The Game Awards drew more than 83 million livestreams. Why that matters," 21 Dec. 2020 This is an adaptation of several recipes plus my own judgment, which is hit or miss in the kitchen, but worked out this time around. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "This pancake dessert tastes best at an Alpine ski hut. This year, a recipe will have to do," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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“Hit-or-miss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit-or-miss. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hit-or-miss

: not carefully planned or directed

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