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hit-and-run

[hit-n-ruhn]
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adjective
  1. 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.
  2. involving or resulting from such action or conduct: hit-and-run fatalities.
  3. 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.
  4. marked by taking flight immediately after a quick, concentrated attack: a hit-and-run raid.
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verb (used without object), hit-and-ran, hit-and-run·ning.
  1. 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
Related formshit-and-run·ner, noun
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  • But, Lucas, this Tanith adventure; we're not making any hit-and-run raid.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Pete got the signal for a hit-and-run play and swung at the third ball.

    The Lucky Seventh

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • He wanted to know what fouls were, and how to steal bases, and he was nonplussed by such terms as “hit-and-run.”

  • And the Kerothi Fleet was being decimated by the hit-and-run tactics of the Earth's ghost ships.

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett

  • A detective brings you a minute sample of paint taken from the clothing of a hit-and-run victim.


British Dictionary definitions for hit-and-run

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
  1. (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
  2. 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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