sometimes successful or rewarding and sometimes not.

Origin of hit-and-miss

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples of hit-and-miss

  • There are never two hit-and-miss patterns that are exactly alike.

  • 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.

  • There is no possibility of disguising the fact that an experimental philosophy of life means a hit-and-miss philosophy in the end.

  • The temperature should be regulated by means of the hit-and-miss ventilators at the floor level.

    The Turkish Bath

    Robert Owen Allsop

British Dictionary definitions for hit-and-miss



informal random; haphazarda hit-and-miss affair; the technique is very hit and miss Also: hit or miss
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