Dictionary

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
ADVERTISEMENT

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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: longshucksPrevious Word in the Dictionary: long–short storyAll Words Near: long shot
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears