adjective Date: 1897 sometimes successful and sometimes not ; not reliably good or successful

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  • hit and miss — See: HIT OR MISS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hit and miss — See: HIT OR MISS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hit-and-miss — • hit or miss • hit and miss adj Unplanned; uncontrolled; aimless; careless. John did a lot of hit or miss reading, some of it about taxes. Mary packed her bag in hurried, hit or miss fashion …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hit-and-miss — adj also .hit or miss done in a way that is not planned or organized →↑random ▪ The campaign was rather a hit and miss affair …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hit\ and\ miss — • hit or miss • hit and miss adv In an unplanned or uncontrolled way; aimlessly; carelessly. George didn t know which house on the street was Jane s, so he began ringing doorbells hit or miss. •• unsystematic; random; relying on chance; not… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hit-and-miss — adjective not planned or done in an organized way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hit-and-miss — adjective inconsistent, unpredictable, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing :His choice of jokes is rather hit and miss. Syn: hitty missy …   Wiktionary

  • hit-and-miss — /hit n mis /, adj. sometimes successful or rewarding and sometimes not. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

  • hit and miss — I Cockney Rhyming Slang Piss I ve got to have a hit before we go out. II Cockney Rhyming Slang Kiss III Everyday English Slang in Ireland n piss …   English dialects glossary

  • Hit and miss engine — A hit and miss engine is a type of four stroke internal combustion engine that was conceived in the late 1800s and was produced by various companies from the 1890s through approximately the 1930s. The name comes from the method of speed control… …   Wikipedia

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