Definition of touch and go in English:

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touch and go

Pronunciation: /ˌtəCH ən ˈɡō/


(also touch-and-go)
(Of an outcome, especially one that is desired) possible but very uncertain: it was touch and go there for a while whether they would make it
More example sentences
  • Do you anticipate any additional touch-and-go maneuvers?
  • Paddling on Lake Athabasca is a bumpy, touch-and-go affair.
  • Now it seems like he probably will, though it's still very touch-and-go.
uncertain, precarious, risky, chancy, hazardous, dangerous, critical, suspenseful, cliffhanging, hanging by a thread
informal dicey


(touch-and-go) (plural touch-and-goes)
A maneuver in which an aircraft touches the ground as in landing, and immediately takes off again.
Example sentences
  • He did 10 touch-and-goes on his next landing - I've never seen an airplane bounce so high so much, so far.
  • Thoroughly warm the aircraft engine by taking the plane up for some touch-and-goes or a quick trip to a local airport for the usual high-cholesterol breakfast.
  • For example, a plane that makes many flights or touch-and-goes during the year should have its landing gear lubricated.

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Syllabification: touch and go

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