View synonyms for hit-or-miss


[ hit-er-mis ]


  1. careless; inattentive; haphazard:

    The professor criticized the hit-or-miss quality of our research.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hit-or-miss1

First recorded in 1600–10

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Idioms and Phrases

Haphazardly, at random. For example, She took dozens of photos, hit or miss, hoping that some would be good . [c. 1600]

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Example Sentences

Her occasional sketches are hit-or-miss, best when they have some sly subtext.

It probes around more or less hit-or-miss until it locates something, somewhere, that looks habitable.

We had made a wise choice, though on a hit-or-miss formula, and we were content.

He told his stories with a hit-or-miss air, as if accustomed to people of rapid apprehension.

He enjoyed life and wasted no time on trivial worries, hit-or-miss, the keynote to his thought.

A competitive game which is easy to manage is hit-or-miss illustrating.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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