- sometimes successful or rewarding and sometimes not.
Origin of hit-and-miss
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for hit-and-miss
There are never two hit-and-miss patterns that are exactly alike.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft
Effie Archer Archer
Therefore, a kerosene engine of the hit-and-miss type should be avoided.Farm Mechanics
Herbert A. Shearer
But Germany has learned a great deal during two years of hit-and-miss submarine campaigns.Germany, The Next Republic?
Carl W. Ackerman
There is no possibility of disguising the fact that an experimental philosophy of life means a hit-and-miss philosophy in the end.German philosophy and politics
The temperature should be regulated by means of the hit-and-miss ventilators at the floor level.The Turkish Bath
Robert Owen Allsop
- informal random; haphazarda hit-and-miss affair; the technique is very hit and miss Also: hit or miss
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