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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Synonyms & Antonyms for crapshoot


adventure, chance, enterprise, flier (also flyer), flutter [chiefly British], gamble, speculation, throw, venture


sure thing

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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

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When the Orioles called up 23-year-old righthander Luis Ortiz to make a spot start Friday, manager Brandon Hyde all but conceded the game could be a crapshoot. Julian Benbow,, "Homer-happy Red Sox blast Baltimore," 15 June 2019 Also, the keys aren’t backlit, so using the Tab S4 keyboard at night is a crapshoot. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review: valiant effort," 8 Aug. 2018 At times friendly or fickle, the attitude is a bit of a crapshoot. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Bars in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of crapshoot

1971, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of crapshoot

US : something that could produce a good or bad result

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