a shot in the dark

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of a shot in the dark

1 :a guess that is based on very little or no information or evidence
  • Estimating the cost of a project like this is often a shot in the dark.
2 :an attempt that is not likely to succeed
  • I know it's a shot in the dark, but I still think we can convince them to join us.

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

dark play
  1. : devoid or partially devoid of light : not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light

  2. : transmitting only a portion of light

  3. : wholly or partially black

  1. : a place or time of little or no light : night, nightfall

  2. : absence of light : darkness

  3. : a color of low or very low lightness : a dark or deep color

  1. : to grow dark (see 1dark)

  2. : to make dark


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