a shot in the arm

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a shot in the arm

: something that makes someone or something stronger or more active, confident, etc.
  • The award has given the school a much needed shot in the arm.

Word by Word Definitions

shot play
  1. : an action of shooting

  2. : a directed propelling of a missile

  3. : a stroke or throw in an attempt to score points in a game (such as tennis, pool, or basketball)

  1. : past tense and past participle of shoot

  1. : having contrasting and changeable color effects : iridescent

  2. : suffused or streaked with a color

  3. : infused or permeated with a quality or element

arm play
  1. : a human upper limb

  2. : something like or corresponding to an arm: such as

  3. : the forelimb of a vertebrate

  1. : to furnish or equip with weapons

  2. : to furnish with something that strengthens or protects

  3. : to equip or ready for action or operation

  1. : a means (such as a weapon) of offense or defense

  2. : a combat branch (as of an army)

  3. : an organized branch of national defense (such as the navy)


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