long shot


long shot

noun \ˈlŋ-ˌshät\

: 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

  1. I hope to double my profits, but I know that's a long shot.
  2. The horse was a long shot, but we bet on him anyway.
  3. She always bets on long shots at the racetrack.

First Known Use of LONG SHOT

1867

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