hit and miss

Seán Fitzpatrick grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Wed Jun 7 21:17:27 UTC 2006

I just heard an ATC piece on the kind of old farm engine I used to see at
heritage days in upstate New York.  It’s a kind of internal combustion
engine that fires only when the speed of the fly wheel drops to a specified
rate:  basically a governor on the down side.  It’s called a “hit and miss”

Is this the origin of the phrase and how is it related to “hit or miss”?


Seán Fitzpatrick
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