from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sometimes succeeding and sometimes not.

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  • adj. inconsistent, unpredictable, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That sometimes hits and sometimes misses.


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  • There's a sprinkling of giant bosses and the game is shot through with hit-and-miss humour.

    This week's new games

  • And people in Oceanside, on New York's Long Island, learned a lesson that is becoming all too familiar: Inflatable amusement rides — with their hit-and-miss regulation and a lack of industry-wide standards — can endanger lives when not properly installed or operated.

    NY accident illuminates perils of 'bounce houses'

  • The simplest type is called “hit-and-miss” integration, which employs random samples to reflect the system as a whole.


  • But then I remember that I have a hit-and-miss track record with award-nominated fiction, so maybe that's not so surprising after all.

    April 2009

  • Personally, I have a hit-and-miss experiences reading award-winning fiction.

    Are Book Awards Useless?

  • I have a hit-and-miss track record with award winning novels and stories.

    June 2009

  • It's a hit-and-miss affair, of course, sometimes producing flights of almost transcendental aesthetic delight but occasionally falling off into a gestural boldness that is blunt and near melodramatic, like some kind of declamatory illustration.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • The Tar Heels, after a first-half tour de force, played a rather hit-and-miss last 20 minutes, the Michigan State crowd was seldom aroused, and the game took on the air of an inevitable march.

    They feel great now, but Tar Heels should let this title sink in a bit

  • They are millionaires many times over from importing marijuana, but their hit-and-miss methods have more in common with

    Barry Toll

  • That would be better than hit-and-miss street corner minions.

    At long last, it's recall day (Jack Bog's Blog)


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