crap·shoot | \ˈkrap-ˌshüt \

Definition of crapshoot 

: 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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USA TODAY Sports The NBA Draft is notoriously a crapshoot. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Breaking down the best and worst NBA draft picks at every position 1 through 10," 19 June 2018 That's a crapshoot, mostly because only a few great coaches exist. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Stan Van Gundy (the coach) should return next season," 10 Apr. 2018 These machines, with so much of the downforce stripped away and already on the ragged edge, will be a crapshoot, so many of the drivers said after Saturday’s qualifying. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar drivers share keys to surviving and thriving in a rain race," 21 Apr. 2018 Hackenberg's heretofore failure is emblematic of what a crapshoot drafting quarterbacks can be — and second rounders in the 21st Century are an especially fascinating sample given their range of accomplishments (and lack thereof). Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's second-round QBs since 2000: Is Christian Hackenberg biggest bust?," 14 June 2018 There isn’t a crapshoot in Macao, Vegas or Monte Carlo to match Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. Nick Canepa,, "Vets like Cluck help reduce inherent risk of baseball draft," 10 June 2018 The baseball draft is probably the biggest crapshoot in all of sports, so the Astros haven't had all hits in the first round. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' best and worst first-round draft picks," 1 June 2018 Second opinion: Drafting any WR on Washington is a crapshoot now that Smith is under center. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "10 fantasy football sleepers we're irrationally excited about in 2018," 10 July 2018 This gets rid of the current do-or-die wild-card game, which basically is a crapshoot. Paul Sullivan,, "A modest proposal for baseball: Contraction, elimination of interleague play and expanded playoffs," 6 July 2018

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of crapshoot

: something that could produce a good or bad result

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