crapshoot

noun
crap·​shoot | \ ˈkrap-ˌshüt How to pronounce crapshoot (audio) \

Definition of crapshoot

: something (such as a business venture) that has an unpredictable outcome

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Examples of crapshoot in a Sentence

there are almost no sure bets in the movie business—almost everything is a crapshoot
Recent Examples on the Web To be honest, the forecast for Saturday night and Sunday is kind of a crapshoot as of now, with models having trouble figuring out how high pressure centered to our north will affect the remnants of Delta approaching from the south. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Incredibly nice weather through Friday; weekend forecast a bit fuzzy," 7 Oct. 2020 While free-floating planets may saturate space, finding them is something of a crapshoot. Nola Taylor Redd, Smithsonian Magazine, "How NASA’s New Telescope Will Help Astronomers Discover Free-Floating Worlds," 30 Sep. 2020 Renting—from both the tenant’s and the landlord’s perspective—is a bit of a crapshoot. Bert Stratton, WSJ, "Landlords Have Bills Too," 27 Sep. 2020 Eleven seasons in, the producers are very good at cutting the show into a nail-biting crapshoot, convincing viewers that even the most disastrous pairings might yet be salvageable. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "As pandemic sheltering drags on, ‘Married at First Sight’ makes more and more sense," 12 Aug. 2020 The meat, bound for East Coast metropolises, never touches the local market, and for the farmers, the auction is kind of a crapshoot. Kate Morgan, Saveur, "Eating More Lamb Could Change the Future of Appalachia," 31 May 2019 Buying a car during its first year of production can always be a bit of a crapshoot. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla reportedly shipping Model Ys with significant manufacturing defects," 17 June 2020 The figures are so outsized that forecasting them has become something of a crapshoot. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: curve peak squashed, deaths in US, stimulus check," 9 Apr. 2020 The figures are so outsized that forecasting them has become something of a crapshoot. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: curve peak squashed, deaths in US, stimulus check," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of crapshoot

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crapshoot was in 1971

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18 Oct 2020

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“Crapshoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crapshoot. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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crapshoot

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English Language Learners Definition of crapshoot

US : something that could produce a good or bad result

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