"be hit-and-run"

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Jun 25 22:04:07 UTC 2008

a postcard from a friend: "Today's tsuris is that my car was hit-and-
run while it was parked outside my apartment ..."

it took me a moment to see that the "and run" part was not actually
parallel to the "hit" part.

apparently not uncommon; a few examples:

My car was hit and run last SATURDAY 6/14 at around 11AM on the corner
of 21ST and DELANCEY (in front of 2034 Delancey st).

My saab was hit and run twice on the street. The first time, the
driver did a similar thing and totally broke the axel. I thought it
was totalled.

A few days ago, an 11 year old girl was hit and run in New Haven.
Nobody stopped. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died.

My suv was hit and run and I am left over with $1100 worth of damage.

plenty of examples of "was hit and run over", which is entirely
standard, of course, and may have contributed to the usage.


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