hit or miss


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hit or miss

adjective Sometimes good or successful, sometimes not; having mixed or unpredictable results; random, aimless, careless, or haphazard. Often hyphenated. Films at the festival were hit or miss, but they were all unique. The company still relies on hit-or-miss techniques that seem antiquated by today's standards. The tour around the region felt a bit hit or miss, with no clear agenda or plan.
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hit or miss

Haphazardly, at random. For example, She took dozens of photos, hit or miss, hoping that some would be good. [c. 1600]
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hit or miss

as likely to be unsuccessful as successful.
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hit or miss

Haphazard, at random. This term almost certainly comes from shooting or throwing at some kind of target and was transferred very early on to making an attempt of any kind, knowing that one might succeed or fail. It has been so used since the sixteenth century. “But hit or miss, our project’s life this shape of sense assumes,” wrote Shakespeare (Troilus and Cressida). It later appeared in several collections of proverbs.
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