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[hit-n-mis] /ˈhɪt nˈmɪs/
sometimes successful or rewarding and sometimes not.
Origin of hit-and-miss
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Windbreaks are essential; would make them of forest-trees planted in hit-and-miss rows around the orchard.

    The Apple Various
  • There are never two hit-and-miss patterns that are exactly alike.

  • The governors employed for the "hit-and-miss" type are either "inertia" or "centrifugal" governors.

  • But Germany has learned a great deal during two years of hit-and-miss submarine campaigns.

    Germany, The Next Republic? Carl W. Ackerman
  • Obviously, the hiring of workers for an enterprise as huge as Macy's cannot be conducted on any hit-and-miss plan.

    The Romance of a Great Store Edward Hungerford
  • The temperature should be regulated by means of the hit-and-miss ventilators at the floor level.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • There is no possibility of disguising the fact that an experimental philosophy of life means a hit-and-miss philosophy in the end.

  • To bring this atmosphere about the worker in the store may no more be the result of hit-and-miss than the right sort of hiring.

    The Romance of a Great Store Edward Hungerford
  • Therefore, a kerosene engine of the hit-and-miss type should be avoided.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • To look at a collection of hit-and-miss rugs one is reminded of the Croton shrub which has no two leaves alike.

British Dictionary definitions for hit-and-miss


(informal) random; haphazard: a hit-and-miss affair, the technique is very hit and miss Also hit or miss
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