Simple Definition of long shot
: an attempt or effort that is not likely to be successful
: a person or thing that is not likely to win something (such as a contest or race)
Full Definition of long shot
1 : a venture involving great risk but promising a great reward if successful; also : a venture unlikely to succeed
2 : an entry (as in a horse race) given little chance of winning
3 : a bet in which the chances of winning are slight but the possible winnings great
by a long shot
: by a great deal
Examples of long shot in a sentence
I hope to double my profits, but I know that's a long shot.
The horse was a long shot, but we bet on him anyway.
She always bets on long shots at the racetrack.
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