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long shot

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noun \ˈlȯŋ-ˌshät\

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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of long shot

  1. 1 :  a venture involving great risk but promising a great reward if successful; also :  a venture unlikely to succeed

  2. 2 :  an entry (as in a horse race) given little chance of winning

  3. 3 :  a bet in which the chances of winning are slight but the possible winnings great

by a long shot

  1. :  by a great deal

Examples of long shot in a sentence

  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.



1867

First Known Use of long shot

1867

Rhymes with long shot

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