\ˌtəch-ən(d)-ˈgō \

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

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After suffering a shoulder injury that prematurely ended his participation in the Champions League final last month, it was seen as touch and go as to whether Salah would be fit in time for what will be Egypt's first World Cup game in 28 long years., "Egypt Manager Hector Cuper Says Mohamed Salah Will Be Ready for World Cup," 6 June 2018 The Terriers got news of Australia international Mooy's knock in the 4-1 defeat to Norway in Oslo last Friday, and the playmaker is now touch and go to figure against Newcastle in Saturday's Premier League game., "Huddersfield & Newcastle Handed Contrasting Injury News Ahead of Weekend Clash," 28 Mar. 2018 Over the next couple weeks, there were touch and go moments, with Spackle winding up at a kill shelter and given only 24 hours to live. Susan Snyder,, "A home for Spackle: How two Arcadia students on spring break saved a dog in a Texas town," 17 Apr. 2018 This is the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed a touch and go landing at sea. Billy Perrigo, Time, "A Global Arms Race for Killer Robots Is Transforming the Battlefield," 9 Apr. 2018 Allardyce admitted that Gueye would be touch and go for the visit of Pep Guardiola's City, but revealed his Icelandic talisman was making steady progress in his own recovery., "Sam Allardyce Provides Injury Update on Everton Midfield Duo Ahead of Man City Clash," 30 Mar. 2018 Daley Blind is touch and go for the game after recovering from an ankle problem., "Newcastle vs Man Utd Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News & More," 10 Feb. 2018 Tom Schwartz writing out a check to Lisa Vanderpump for $25,000, on the other hand — that was touch and go until the very last moment. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Do You Think Chloe Kim Would Be Good at Curling?," 13 Feb. 2018 It's been touch and go for most of the past two months, but the Braves' dynasty's other Jones did squeak through with 31 votes, 10 more than needed to maintain his eligibility. Jay Jaffe,, "Recapping the 2018 Hall of Fame Voting: Who's In, Who's Out and Who's Left," 25 Jan. 2018

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—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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