hit-or-miss

[ hit-er-mis ]
/ ˈhɪt ərˈmɪs /

adjective

careless; inattentive; haphazard: The professor criticized the hit-or-miss quality of our research.

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Origin of hit-or-miss

First recorded in 1600–10
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hit or miss

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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