crap·​shoot ˈkrap-ˌshüt How to pronounce crapshoot (audio)
: something (such as a business venture) that has an unpredictable outcome

Examples of crapshoot in a Sentence

there are almost no sure bets in the movie business—almost everything is a crapshoot
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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crapshoot was in 1971

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“Crapshoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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