Etymology
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hit-and-run (adj.)

1940, in reference to military raids, etc., from hit (v.) + run (v.). As a noun phrase, Hit and run is from 1899 as a baseball play, 1924 as a driver failing to stop at an automobile accident he caused.

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of hit-and-run from WordNet

hit-and-run (adj.)
involving a driver of a motor vehicle who leaves the scene of an accident;
hit-and-run (adj.)
designed for or consisting of a brief attack followed by a quick escape;
hit-and-run units
Synonyms: tip-and-run
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