hit and miss
hit and miss
adjective Sometimes good or successful, sometimes not; having mixed or unpredictable results; random, aimless, careless, or haphazard. (Hyphenated if used before a noun.) Films at the festival were hit and miss, but they were all unique. The company still relies on hit-and-miss techniques that seem antiquated by today's standards. The tour around the region felt a bit hit and miss, with no clear agenda or plan.
hit and missand hit or miss
carelessly; aimlessly; without plan or direction. There was no planning. It was just hit and miss. We handed out the free tickets hit or miss. Some people got one. Others got five or six.
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COMMON If you describe something as hit and miss or hit or miss, you mean that it is done without proper planning or skill, so that its quality varies. Comedy sketch shows can be a hit and miss affair. The acting, however, is hit and miss: it ranges from excellent to absolutely appalling. Treating sick birds can be a hit or miss operation.
hit and missdone or occurring at random; succeeding by chance rather than through planning.
1998 New Scientist But not all species of mosquitoes carry malaria and identifying the culprits is difficult, making control hit and miss.