Definition of hit-or-miss in English:



  • As likely to be unsuccessful as successful.

    ‘her work can be hit-or-miss’
    • ‘He said most intelligence-led drug raids were ‘very basic in nature, involving a hit-or-miss strategy.’’
    • ‘It's just that your actions can be a little hit-or-miss.’
    • ‘Mexican dining in Montreal is pretty hit-or-miss.’
    • ‘Zachery is generally punished for his bad behavior with time-outs, a parenting tool that is often a hit-or-miss proposition.’
    • ‘But he is usually hit-or-miss in terms of his actual work.’
    • ‘The last of the six punchy paragraphs on the latter is fairly typical of Hamilton's hit-or-miss procedure throughout the book.’
    • ‘Short stories tend to be hit-or-miss, and even some of the stories found here didn't seem to grab or hold my attention.’
    • ‘The only problem thus far is that the reception in my office is hit-or-miss.’
    • ‘This method of attack is pretty much hit or miss, and isn't bad for a quick thrill.’
    • ‘The fighting from the insurgents has been described as sort of hit or miss or haphazard.’
    haphazard, disorganized, undisciplined, erratic, unmethodical, uneven, careless, slapdash, slipshod, casual, offhand, remiss, cursory, lackadaisical, perfunctory, random, aimless, undirected, indiscriminate, trial-and-error
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/ˈˌhid ôr ˈmis/ /ˈˌhɪd ɔr ˈmɪs/