Definition of hit-and-run in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhɪt(ə)nˈrʌn/


1Denoting 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
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  • 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.
  • But it is surprising that both the Pentagon and the American public seem to have been taken aback by the hit-and-run attacks.
  • But others have been crude hit-and-run attacks and in some cases even Quixotic charges by lightly armed men on armored vehicles.
1.1Denoting or relating to a swift attack followed by immediate withdrawal: a hit-and-run guerrilla war in the streets
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  • Please also note that both of these pieces require rather more time/attention/concentration than your average hit-and-run blogramble.
  • It is a great idea for a hit-and-run minute, but grows rather cumbersome over four.
  • 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.
1.2Done 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
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  • In New Orleans, Louisiana, I was once 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.
  • He was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, which the police are investigating parallel to Alexander's investigation of his past.
1.3 Baseball 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.
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  • The Angels lead the majors in hit-and-run attempts and stolen bases, though they also run into more outs than most clubs.
  • One time he put the hit-and-run on with the bases loaded.
  • 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.
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