\ ˌtəch-ən(d)-ˈgō How to pronounce touch-and-go (audio) \

Definition of touch-and-go

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an airplane landing followed immediately by application of power and a takeoff and usually executed as one of a series for practice at landings

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Definition of touch and go (Entry 2 of 2)

: unpredictable as to outcome : uncertain it was touch and go there for a while

Examples of touch-and-go in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But hiring remains touch and go, and the unemployment rate notched up 0.1 percent to 5.9 percent. NBC News, 30 June 2021 The women gave birth while in medically induced comas, hooked up to ventilators, touch and go. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Dowdy recalled that the first of those fights was touch and go until the final vote. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 23 Apr. 2021 The next three weeks in the hospital were gut-wrenching as Cano's condition remained touch and go, the family described. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2021 Around the world, the state of the pandemic remains touch and go. Eve Sneider, Wired, 22 Jan. 2021 Another group pored over photos of the Tagsam after the touch and go, peering into its visible area (about 40 percent of the container) to estimate the volume of the debris inside. Chris Wright, Wired, 16 Dec. 2020 But after several days of touch and go, on Monday morning, the fires seemed less immediately threatening as the winds shifted, said Frank Dotzler, the general manager at Outpost Wines, on Howell Mountain. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2020 Robbie Brady is expected to return to the squad after being described as 'touch and go' last week., 15 Aug. 2019

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1945, in the meaning defined above


1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Touch-and-go.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of touch and go

used to describe a situation in which no one is sure what will happen and there is a chance that the result will be bad


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