Definitions

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

  • adj. Dangerous and uncertain in nature or outcome; precarious; delicate: major surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery.

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  • adj. attributive form of touch and go
  • n. A landing on a runway immediately followed by a takeoff without an intervening full stop.

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Examples

  • Right now, it's touch-and-go whether we can stop them, but we're fighting hard.

    Cliff Schecter: Too Much Is at Stake in Virginia for a Blackout in Coverage

  • "It's touch-and-go," said Eric Neitzel, spokesman for the Show Low, Ariz., Fire Department.

    Giant fire threatens to put power, commerce on fritz

  • Financing and incentives can also be touch-and-go.

    SolarCity aims to make solar power more affordable

  • ‪But for the millions more who rely on suburban commuter lines to get to work, a touch-and-go commute was emerging as an irritating denouement to a less than ferocious storm.‬

    Commuters in Line for Long Rides

  • But for the millions more who rely on suburban commuter lines to get to work, a touch-and-go commute was emerging as an irritating denouement to a less than ferocious storm.‬

    Commuters in Line for Long Rides

  • He was gone and then he came back, had a touch-and-go hospitalization, and would have been fortunate to even be able to remember his own name.

    The Flex Diet

  • A year later, while completing a touch-and-go landing aboard Lexington, my TA-4J Skyhawk blew a tire that twisted the lower section of the landing gear.

    An Interview with Joe Weber

  • By the time Mr. Symonds is done detailing this matrix of accidents large and small, his book actually supports the view that the near-perfect U.S. clean sweep in such a touch-and-go affair as a carrier battle might fairly be called incredible.

    The Beginning of the End

  • This is fine if your goal is to do lunar "touch-and-go" and "on to Mars" (which seems to be the mindset of the agency) but it does not lead to a build-up of reusable, permanent infrastructure on the Moon, permitting us to recoup our investment through resource extraction and the creation of a cislunar spaceflight systems.

    Good Morning Houston - NASA Watch

  • And while his football career was touch-and-go for a while, Johnson had bigger worries, about not being able to talk to his son, Stafon, Jr.

    Tennessee Titans Team Report

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