idiom: to be hit and miss


I hope everyone is having a great Sunday. The idiom for this week is “to be hit and miss”. It is used to talk about either the quality of something or a person’s rate of success at something. When we use this expression, we are saying the the quality of something is sometimes good and sometimes bad, or that someone is sometimes successful at doing something and sometimes not. For example:

The quality of the food at this restaurant is very hit and miss, so I’d rather go somewhere else.

These days, the quality of Jim Harmon’s movies is really hit and miss. He used to make consistently good films though.

Drew Littleton’s game is really hit and miss right now. He used to be a much better golfer.

Chris used to be the top salesman at ABC Company, but nowadays his sales performance is extremely hit and miss.

When we use this expression, it’s very common to add the words “very”, “really”, or “extremely” at the beginning of the idiom. If anyone has any questions, please let me know.



  1. IchBinRene Said:

    Hello there.
    Does the phrase: “being a miss” , i.e “he’s a miss” make sense to you?
    I think it has the same connotation as “hit and miss” but I’m not sure.

    • Hi there.

      The expression “He’s a miss.” does not have the same meaning as “hit and miss”. To me, I would say “He’s a miss.” when talking about a person who is not going to attend a certain event. For example:

      A: Is George going to come to the party?
      B: No, he’s a miss. He told me he already has plans.

      I suppose we use the word “miss” because the person is going to miss the event.

      Thanks for writing in.


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