- careless; inattentive; haphazard: The professor criticized the hit-or-miss quality of our research.
Origin of hit-or-miss
First recorded in 1600–10
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Related Wordsaccidental, aimless, arbitrary, casual, chance, contingent, fluky, fortuitous, haphazard, incidental, irregular, slipshod, unplanned, unpremeditated
Examples from the Web for hit-or-miss
Her occasional sketches are hit-or-miss, best when they have some sly subtext.Chelsea Handler: Leno's Naughty Rival
April 29, 2009
This has a virtuosity of its own, for all its hit-or-miss appearance.Picture and Text
You've realized that marriage isn't a hit-or-miss proposition.A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband
Louise Bennett Weaver
There was a blue-and-white, hit-or-miss rag rug on the floor.
Matrimony should not be committed in a round-about, indirect, hit-or-miss manner.Dennison Grant
Out-crossing or mixing in of new blood is better than hit-or-miss inbreeding.The Dollar Hen
Milo M. Hastings