Definition of hit-and-run in English:

hit-and-run

adjective

  • 1Denoting or relating to a swift attack followed by immediate withdrawal.

    ‘a hit-and-run guerrilla war in the streets’
    • ‘Although the Hmong were effective at guerrilla-style hit-and-run actions, they were ill prepared to conduct a static defense against overwhelming odds.’
    • ‘His supporters, retaining a hit-and-run capability in the east, have been attacking the Tigers.’
    • ‘These tenacious guerrillas come from Chechnya, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan, and they use classical guerrilla hit-and-run tactics.’
    • ‘By the mid-1980s, the Kurdish resistance was reduced from a mass movement to a number of guerrilla bands carrying out hit-and-run raids.’
    • ‘But it is surprising that both the Pentagon and the American public seem to have been taken aback by the hit-and-run attacks.’
    • ‘Sometimes they will ally amongst themselves against you and launch hit-and-run attacks on coastal cities.’
    • ‘American forces have been dogged by hit-and-run attacks by small groups of fighters.’
    • ‘Boyd doesn't have the guts to face us in person, and he will never be heard from again after the hit-and-run attack on us he made this morning.’
    • ‘They are capable of nothing more than hit-and-run attacks.’
    • ‘In addition, many robbers make many hit-and-run attacks and then disappear which adds to the difficulties faced by the police.’
    • ‘But others have been crude hit-and-run attacks and in some cases even Quixotic charges by lightly armed men on armored vehicles.’
    • ‘Detectives have released images from CCTV cameras to help track down witnesses to a deliberate hit-and-run attack in Keighley.’
    • ‘While the hit-and-run tactic is still used, the guerrilla expands the base area and strengthens his control over that section of territory.’
    • ‘Days and days of hit-and-run attacks on Alliance convoys were starting to take their toll on Enygma Trigent and Daemon Squadron.’
    • ‘We were able to conduct hit-and-run attacks on enemy supply points with relative impunity.’
    • ‘Counter-batterers await an attack and then play cat-and-mouse with hit-and-run mortar squads.’
    1. 1.1 Done or intended for quickness of effect rather than for permanency.
      ‘hit-and-run agents who sign rookies to huge bonuses and buy themselves getaway cars’
      • ‘The technique was based on the hit-and-run, gene-targeting technology developed by Allan Bradley at Baylor College of Medicine.’
      • ‘Free entry and exit enables a potential entrant to adopt hit-and-run behaviour whenever the incumbent shows any signs of making above-normal profits.’
      • ‘It is a great idea for a hit-and-run minute, but grows rather cumbersome over four.’
      • ‘Please also note that both of these pieces require rather more time/attention/concentration than your average hit-and-run blogramble.’
    2. 1.2 Denoting or relating to a motor accident in which the vehicle involved does not stop.
      ‘a man on a bicycle had been struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver’
      • ‘The family of a man critically injured in a hit-and-run accident have told of their anger after the uninsured driver avoided jail.’
      • ‘To date, Gardaí have never been able to confirm whether he was murdered or the victim of a hit-and-run accident.’
      • ‘He was killed in a hit-and-run accident after stopping to fix a flat tire on the interstate near Hillsborough.’
      • ‘The victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident in the New Forest was a former policeman, the Daily Echo can reveal.’
      • ‘A builder who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Heckmondwike is still in hospital.’
      • ‘Martins begins to seek out answers to Lime's death and is told by the witness that it was a hit-and-run accident.’
      • ‘In another development, a 27-year-old man was killed by a hit-and-run motor vehicle in Kapiri Mposhi on Tuesday.’
      • ‘The daughter of a biker who was killed in a hit-and-run accident has thanked the people who stopped to help her father.’
      • ‘In New Orleans, Louisiana, I was once the victim of a hit-and-run accident.’
      • ‘But instead his family are appealing for information about the driver who killed him in a hit-and-run accident.’
      • ‘This hit-and-run accident didn't have to happen.’
      • ‘Later that week, a migrant worker died in what was officially called a hit-and-run accident.’
      • ‘The hit-and-run accident involving Phillip had shaken the local police force to the core.’
      • ‘Among other things, he has allegedly been involved in four hit-and-run accidents, for which he has never been charged.’
      • ‘The daughter of a woman killed in a hit-and-run accident has renewed her call to catch the driver of the stolen car.’
      • ‘A pedestrian is critically ill in hospital after being involved in a hit-and-run accident in South Yorkshire.’
      • ‘The daughter of a woman killed in a hit-and-run accident has called for the driver to come forward.’
      • ‘Ali, 14, had lost his right leg above the knee in a hit-and-run traffic accident seven years earlier.’
      • ‘Police are to examine video tapes in two speed cameras in an attempt to track a driver involved in a hit-and-run in Heckmondwike.’
      • ‘He was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, which the police are investigating parallel to Alexander's investigation of his past.’
    3. 1.3Baseball Designating an offensive play in which a base runner, not attempting to steal a base, runs before the pitch is thrown, in an attempt to advance further in case of a hit.
      • ‘The Angels lead the majors in hit-and-run attempts and stolen bases, though they also run into more outs than most clubs.’
      • ‘Lopes did not order a lot of steals or hit-and-run plays in spring exhibitions, but he might have been trying not to tip his hand.’
      • ‘He has phenomenal instincts, superb technique and just enough quickness to get perfect jumps on hit-and-run singles.’
      • ‘They showed off their speed in a hurry with Pierre leading off with a bunt single and Luis Castillo following with a hit-and-run single.’
      • ‘One time he put the hit-and-run on with the bases loaded.’

Pronunciation

hit-and-run