- careless; inattentive; haphazard: The professor criticized the hit-or-miss quality of our research.
Origin of hit-or-miss
- to deal a blow or stroke to: Hit the nail with the hammer.
- to come against with an impact or collision, as a missile, a flying fragment, a falling body, or the like: The car hit the tree.
- to reach with a missile, a weapon, a blow, or the like, as one throwing, shooting, or striking: Did the bullet hit him?
- to succeed in striking: With his final shot he hit the mark.
- to make (a base hit): He hit a single and a home run.
- bat1(def 12).
- to drive or propel by a stroke: to hit a ball onto the green.
- to have a marked effect or influence on; affect severely: We were all hit by the change in management.
- to assail effectively and sharply (often followed by out): The speech hits out at warmongering.
- to request or demand of: He hit me for a loan.
- to reach or attain (a specified level or amount): Prices are expected to hit a new low. The new train can hit 100 mph.
- to be published in or released to; appear in: When will this report hit the papers? What will happen when the story hits the front page?
- to land on or arrive in: The troops hit the beach at 0800. When does Harry hit town?
- to give (someone) another playing card, drink, portion, etc.: If the dealer hits me with an ace, I'll win the hand. Bartender, hit me again.
- to come or light upon; meet with; find: to hit the right road.
- to agree with; suit exactly: I'm sure this purple shirt will hit Alfred's fancy.
- to solve or guess correctly; come upon the right answer or solution: You've hit it!
- to succeed in representing or producing exactly: to hit a likeness in a portrait.
- Informal. to begin to travel on: Let's hit the road. What time shall we hit the trail?
- to strike with a missile, a weapon, or the like; deal a blow or blows: The armies hit at dawn.
- to come into collision (often followed by against, on, or upon): The door hit against the wall.
- Slang. to kill; murder.
- (of an internal-combustion engine) to ignite a mixture of air and fuel as intended: This jalopy is hitting on all cylinders.
- to come or light (usually followed by upon or on): to hit on a new way.
- an impact or collision, as of one thing against another.
- a stroke that reaches an object; blow.
- a stroke of satire, censure, etc.: a hit at complacency.
- Baseball. base hit.
- a game won by a player after the opponent has thrown off one or more men from the board.
- any winning game.
- a successful stroke, performance, or production; success: The play is a hit.
- Slang. a dose of a narcotic drug.
- Digital Technology.
- (in information retrieval) an instance of successfully locating an item of data, as in a database or on the Internet: When I search for my name, I get lots of hits.
- an instance of accessing a website.
- Slang. a killing, murder, or assassination, especially one carried out by criminal prearrangements.
- hit off,
- to represent or describe precisely or aptly: In his new book he hits off the American temperament with amazing insight.
- to imitate, especially in order to satirize.
- hit on, Slang. to make persistent sexual advances to: guys who hit on girls at social events.
- hit out,
- to deal a blow aimlessly: a child hitting out in anger and frustration.
- to make a violent verbal attack: Critics hit out at the administration's new energy policy.
- hit up, Slang.
- to ask to borrow money from: He hit me up for ten bucks.
- to inject a narcotic drug into a vein.
- hit it off, Informal. to be congenial or compatible; get along; agree: We hit it off immediately with the new neighbors. She and her brother had never really hit it off.
- hit or miss, without concern for correctness or detail; haphazardly: The paint job had been done hit or miss.
- hit the books, Slang. to study hard; cram.
- hit the bottle, Slang. bottle1(def 8).
- hit the high spots,
- to go out on the town; go nightclubbing: We'll hit the high spots when you come to town.
- to do something in a quick or casual manner, paying attention to only the most important or obvious facets or items: When I clean the house I hit the high spots and that's about all. This course will hit the high spots of ancient history.
Origin of hit
- (also intr) to deal (a blow or stroke) to (a person or thing); strikethe man hit the child
- to come into violent contact withthe car hit the tree
- to reach or strike with a missile, thrown object, etcto hit a target
- to make or cause to make forceful contact; knock or bumpI hit my arm on the table
- to propel or cause to move by strikingto hit a ball
- cricket to score (runs)
- to affect (a person, place, or thing) suddenly or adverselyhis illness hit his wife very hard
- to become suddenly apparent to (a person)the reason for his behaviour hit me and made the whole episode clear
- to achieve or reachto hit the jackpot; unemployment hit a new high
- to experience or encounterI've hit a slight snag here
- slang to murder (a rival criminal) in fulfilment of an underworld contract or vendetta
- to accord or suit (esp in the phrase hit one's fancy)
- to guess correctly or find out by accidentyou have hit the answer
- informal to set out on (a road, path, etc)let's hit the road
- informal to arrive or appear inhe will hit town tomorrow night
- informal, mainly US and Canadian to demand or request fromhe hit me for a pound
- slang to drink an excessive amount of (alcohol)to hit the bottle
- hit it music slang start playing
- hit skins US slang to have sexual intercourse
- hit the sack or hit the hay slang to go to bed
- not know what has hit one to be completely taken by surprise
- an impact or collision
- a shot, blow, etc, that reaches its object
- an apt, witty, or telling remark
- a person or thing that gains wide appealshe's a hit with everyone
- (as modifier)a hit record
- informal a stroke of luck
- a murder carried out as the result of an underworld vendetta or rivalry
- (as modifier)a hit squad
- slang a drag on a cigarette, a swig from a bottle, a line of a drug, or an injection of heroin
- computing a single visit to a website
- make a hit with or score a hit with informal to make a favourable impression on
Word Origin and History for hit or miss
late Old English hyttan, hittan "come upon, meet with, fall in with, 'hit' upon," from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse hitta "to light upon, meet with," also "to hit, strike;" Swedish hitta "to find," Danish and Norwegian hitte "to hit, find," from Proto-Germanic *hitjanan. Related: Hitting. Meaning shifted in late Old English period to "strike," via "to reach with a blow or missile," and replaced Old English slean in this sense. Original sense survives in phrases such as hit it off (1780, earlier in same sense hit it, 1630s) and is revived in hit on (1970s).
Underworld slang meaning "to kill by plan" is 1955 (as a noun in this sense from 1970). To hit the bottle "drink alcohol" is from 1889. To hit the nail on the head (1570s) is from archery. Hit the road "leave" is from 1873; to hit (someone) up "request something" is from 1917. Hit and run is 1899 as a baseball play, 1924 as a driver failing to stop at a crash he caused. To not know what hit (one) is from 1923.
late 15c., "a rebuke;" 1590s as "a blow," from hit (v.). Meaning "successful play, song, person," etc., 1811, is from the verbal sense of "to hit the mark, succeed" (c.1400). Underworld slang meaning "a killing" is from 1970. Meaning "dose of narcotic" is 1951, from phrases such as hit the bottle.
Idioms and Phrases with hit or miss
hit or miss
Haphazardly, at random. For example, She took dozens of photos, hit or miss, hoping that some would be good. [c. 1600]
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
- (hit) below the belt
- can't hit the broad side of a barn
- heavy hitter
- make a hit
- pinch hitter
- smash hit