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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But more than that, young players are always a crapshoot. New York Times, "Why Picking Second in the N.B.A. Draft Might Be a Bad Thing," 17 June 2019 What happens next is a crapshoot, starting with where Romeo is drafted. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Why the Pacers could — and should — draft Romeo Langford," 18 June 2019 That's essentially how the NBA Draft, outside of a few slam-dunk selections at the top, has become a crapshoot. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Pacers making a good draft choice goes beyond what is seen in college games," 19 June 2019 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

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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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