[ hit-n-ruhn ]
/ ˈhɪt nˈrʌn /
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guilty of fleeing the scene of an accident or injury one has caused, especially a vehicular accident, thereby attempting to evade being identified and held responsible: a hit-and-run driver.
involving or resulting from such action or conduct: hit-and-run fatalities.
Baseball. pertaining to or noting a play in which, to get a head start, a base runner begins to run to the next base as the pitcher delivers the ball to the batter, who must try to hit it in order to protect the runner.
marked by taking flight immediately after a quick, concentrated attack: a hit-and-run raid.
verb (used without object), hit-and-ran, hit-and-run·ning.
Baseball. to attempt or execute a hit-and-run play.
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Origin of hit-and-run

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

OTHER WORDS FROM hit-and-run

hit-and-runner, noun
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How to use hit-and-run in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hit-and-run


adjective (prenominal)
  1. involved in or denoting a motor-vehicle accident in which the driver leaves the scene without stopping to give assistance, inform the police, etc
  2. (as noun)a hit-and-run
(of an attack, raid, etc) relying on surprise allied to a rapid departure from the scene of operations for the desired effecthit-and-run tactics
baseball denoting a play in which a base runner begins to run as the pitcher throws the ball to the batter
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