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

  • adj. Being or involving the driver of a motor vehicle who leaves the scene of an accident, especially one in which a pedestrian or another vehicle has been struck.
  • adj. Baseball Relating to or being a play in which a base runner starts to run on the pitch and the batter attempts to hit the ball to protect the runner.
  • adj. Involving or designed for swift specific action or effect: "a day of hit-and-run disturbances by bands of dissident students” ( Alfonso Narvaez).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The crime of causing an accident, as with a motor vehicle, and leaving without acknowledging responsibility.
  • n. A play in baseball where the baserunners leave their base before the batter hits the ball, assuming that the batter will in fact hit the ball and this will give them an advantage.
  • n. The military technique of attacking one place and then quickly moving to another before defenders can react.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or being a hit-and-run.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving a driver of a motor vehicle who leaves the scene of an accident
  • adj. designed for or consisting of a brief attack followed by a quick escape


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • With catcher Wayne Nordhagen up, the White Sox called a hit-and-run.

    The Greatest Game

  • The first subject that La Russa addressed on Tuesday, before he took questions from reporters, was the fact that Albert Pujols is given the responsibility of calling hit-and-run plays when he is hitting.

    NYT > Home Page

  • In short, our economy is still on a "Wild West" mode, with a lot of hit-and-run measures that don't seem to work, and milked to the last drop by the two war hogs of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Summers: Economy's turning around, job growth will take time

  • In May, Beijing told foreigners not to sow unrest in its vast northern region of Inner Mongolia, after rare protests by ethnic Mongolians, sparked by the hit-and-run death of a herder, garnered international attention.

    China closes Tibet to foreigners ahead of party anniversary

  • It's almost 30 years since Cornelius Cardew was killed at the age of 45 by a hit-and-run driver near his east London home, and more than 40 since he was at the cutting edge of experimental music in this country.

    This week's new live music

  • They were easily driven back within the walls, but it was just the start of what would be a long series of hit-and-run forays by the Persian forces to throw the Macedonians off balance.

    Alexander the Great

  • They brought with them thousands of Sogdian cavalry perfectly suited for hit-and-run strikes against Alexander on the endless plains of central Asia.

    Alexander the Great

  • A lawyer for the New Jersey man charged with the drunken hit-and-run death of former American Idol hopeful Alexis Cohen, says his client will enter a “not guilty” plea.

    Man Arrested In Hit & Run Death Of Alexis Cohen

  • For a slightly thematic twist, you might have him assume the name of an innocent bystander that got killed in a mob hit-and-run.

    Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels and comic books » Plot elements that cannot be added lightly

  • In recent months, the FARC, switching tactics, had pulled off a number of hit-and-run attacks that seemed to catch the army flatfooted and appeared to herald a resurgence of the guerrillas.

    Colombia Officials Say Top FARC Leader Is Killed in Bombing


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.