shot1 [ʃɔt US ʃa:t] n
3¦(attempt to score)¦
7 give something your best shot
8 be a long shot
9 a 10 to 1 shot/50 to 1 shot etc
10 a shot in the dark
11¦(critical remark)¦
12 like a shot
13 a shot across the bows/a warning shot (across the bows)
14 big shot
17 a shot in the arm
18¦(heavy ball)¦
[: Old English; Origin: scot]
1.) ¦(GUN)¦
a) an act of firing a gun
He pulled out his rifle and fired three shots .
The first shot missed my head by just a few inches.
The shot hit the raider in the upper chest and killed him instantly.
A crazy man took a shot at her (=tried to shoot her) from a rooftop.
He fired off a volley of shots from his semi-automatic rifle.
The policeman was killed by a single shot .
b) the sound of a gun being fired
Where were you when you heard the shot?
Two shots rang out (=could be heard) , and security guards rushed over, guns drawn.
c) a good/bad etc shot
someone who is good, bad etc at shooting
Sergeant Cooper is an excellent shot.
2.) ¦(BULLETS)¦[U]
a) small metal balls that are shot, many at a time, from a ↑shotgun
b) old use large metal balls that are shot from a ↑cannon
an attempt in sport to throw, kick, or hit the ball towards the place where you can get a point
Shaw took a shot at the goal from the halfway line, but missed.
Good shot !
a photograph
= ↑picture shot of
a close-up shot of a demonstrator being beaten by a policeman
I managed to get some good shots of the carnival.
We hired a photographer to take some publicity shots .
action shots of football players (=ones taken of people while they are moving)
5.) ¦(FILM/TV)¦
the view of something in a film or television programme that is produced by having the camera in a particular position
In the opening shot we see Travolta's feet walking down the sidewalk.
6.) ¦(ATTEMPT)¦ informal
an attempt to do something or achieve something, especially something difficult
shot at (doing) sth
This is her first shot at directing a play.
If Lewis won his next fight, he would be guaranteed a shot at the title (=chance to win the title) .
I decided to have a shot at decorating the house myself.
I didn't think I had much chance of winning the race, but I thought I'd give it a shot (=try to do it) .
The network finally gave Keaton a shot at presenting his own show.
7.) give sth your best shot
to make as much effort as you can to achieve something difficult
This case is going to be tough, but I promise I'll give it my best shot.
Lydia didn't get the job, but at least she gave it her best shot.
8.) be a long shot
a) used to say that a plan is worth trying, even though you think it is unlikely to succeed
It's a long shot, but someone might recognise her from the photo and be able to tell us where she lives.
b) AmE if someone is a long shot, they are not likely to be chosen for a job or to win an election, competition etc
Turner is a long shot to win next month's mayoral election.
9.) a 10 to 1 shot/50 to 1 shot etc
a horse, dog etc in a race, whose chances of winning are expressed as numbers
10.) a shot in the dark
an attempt to guess something without having any facts or definite ideas
My answer to the last question was a complete shot in the dark.
a remark that is intended to criticize or hurt someone
I'm not going to sit here listening to you two take shots at each other all night.
She couldn't resist a parting shot (=one that you make just before you leave) - 'And you were a lousy lover!'
That was a cheap shot ! (=one that is unfair and unreasonable)
12.) like a shot
if you do something like a shot, you do it very quickly and eagerly
If he asked me to go to Africa with him, I'd go like a shot!
13.) a shot across the bows/a warning shot (across the bows)
something you say or do to warn someone that you oppose what they are doing and will try to make them stop it - used especially in news reports
The President's own supporters are firing a warning shot across his bows .
14.) big shot
an important or powerful person, especially in business
a big shot in the record business
15.) ¦(DRINK)¦
a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink
shot of
a shot of tequila
a shot glass (=a small glass for strong alcoholic drinks)
16.) ¦(DRUG)¦ especially AmE an ↑injection of a drug (=when it is put into the body with a needle)
British Equivalent: jab
Have you had your typhoid and cholera shots?
17.) a shot in the arm
something that makes you more confident or more successful
The new factory will give the local economy a much needed shot in the arm.
18.) ¦(HEAVY BALL)¦
a heavy metal ball that competitors try to throw as far as possible in the sport of ↑shot put
call the shots atcall1 (9), by a long chalk/shot atlong1 (21), long shot atlong1 (18), ↑buckshot, gunshot, snapshot, pot shot
shot 2
shot2 adj [not before noun]
1.) spoken in bad condition because of being used too much or treated badly
My back tires are shot.
My nerves were shot to pieces after my driving test.
2.) be/get/want shot of sb/sth
BrE spoken to get rid of someone or something
I know the director wants shot of me.
3.) be shot through with sth
a) if a piece of cloth is shot through with a colour, it has very small threads of that colour woven into it
a fine silk shot through with gold threads
b) to have a lot of a particular quality or feeling
a charming collection of stories, shot through with a gentle humour
shot 3
the past tense and participle of ↑shoot

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