Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Sometimes succeeding and sometimes not.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • That sometimes hits and sometimes misses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective inconsistent, unpredictable, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing

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Examples

  • 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

  • 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.

    REVIEW: 2008 Nebula Award Short Fiction Nominees [UPDATED]

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

    June 2009

  • 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

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

    Fallout

  • 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'

  • 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'

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

    Are Book Awards Useless?

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