\ 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

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Arthur Masuaka will miss the game after being suspended for six games for spitting at Wigan's Nick Powell, and things are touch and go with Michail Antonio after some rumoured internal disagreements with the club., "Brighton vs West Ham Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News & More," 2 Feb. 2018 The title defense was touch and go on Monday , with South Korea trailing 3-2 against Uzbekistan with 15 minutes of the quarterfinal remaining. John Duerden, The Seattle Times, "Son and co faced Vietnam and ‘Korean Hiddink’ at Asian Games," 27 Aug. 2018 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

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1945, in the meaning defined above


1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of touch and go

informal 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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