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 So the Americans can’t afford to take anything for granted, particularly when Concacaf road games are a crapshoot. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 Shanley is open to reaching out to new clientele with tweaks to the calendar at The Parker, but admits it’s a crapshoot. Ben Crandell,, 8 Oct. 2021 The Dodgers remained keenly interested, however, thanks to a loss earlier in the day by the San Francisco Giants that kept alive Los Angeles’ hopes of a first-place tie in the NL West and chance to avoid the wild-card crapshoot against St. Louis. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2021 The postseason is a crapshoot, and this Yankees season has been a relentless roller coaster. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 But this game gave the young USMNT a crash course in why qualifying is a crapshoot - even for what is arguably one of the best teams in the region. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 Or do their career rebirths highlight the crapshoot nature of that position? Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 Though the 50 free is always a bit of a crapshoot decided by a few hundredths of a second, Dressel has turned his brilliant underwater technique into 50 free titles at the past two world championships. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Any honest coach will admit that recruiting can be a crapshoot. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 1 June 2021

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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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24 Nov 2021

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“Crapshoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crapshoot

: something that could produce a good or bad result


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