hit-or-miss

[ hit-er-mis ]
/ ˈhɪt ərˈmɪs /

adjective

careless; inattentive; haphazard: The professor criticized the hit-or-miss quality of our research.

Origin of hit-or-miss

First recorded in 1600–10

Definition for hit or miss (2 of 2)

Origin of hit

before 1100; 1865–70, Americanism for def 5a; Middle English hitten, Old English hittan; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hitta to come upon (by chance), meet with

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See strike, beat. 25, 27, 29. See blow1.
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British Dictionary definitions for hit or miss

hit

/ (hɪt) /

verb hits, hitting or hit (mainly tr)


noun

Word Origin for hit

Old English hittan, from Old Norse hitta
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Idioms and Phrases with hit or miss (1 of 2)

hit or miss

Haphazardly, at random. For example, She took dozens of photos, hit or miss, hoping that some would be good. [c. 1600]


Idioms and Phrases with hit or miss (2 of 2)

hit

In addition to the idioms beginning with hit

  • hit a snag
  • hit below the belt
  • hit between the eyes
  • hit bottom
  • hit it big
  • hit it off
  • hit on
  • hit on all cylinders
  • hit one's stride
  • hit one where one lives
  • hit or miss
  • hit out
  • hit parade
  • hit the books
  • hit the bottle
  • hit the bricks
  • hit the bull's-eye
  • hit the ceiling
  • hit the deck
  • hit the fan
  • hit the ground running
  • hit the hay
  • hit the high spots
  • hit the jackpot
  • hit the mark
  • hit the nail on the head
  • hit the road
  • hit the roof
  • hit the sack
  • hit the spot
  • hit up for
  • hit upon

also see:

  • (hit) below the belt
  • can't hit the broad side of a barn
  • heavy hitter
  • make a hit
  • pinch hitter
  • smash hit

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