give (something) a shot

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give (something) a shot

:to try to do (something)
  • You should give painting a shot.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

shot play
  1. : an action of shooting

  2. : a directed propelling of a missile

  3. : a stroke or throw in an attempt to score points in a game (such as tennis, pool, or basketball)

  1. : past tense and past participle of shoot

  1. : having contrasting and changeable color effects : iridescent

  2. : suffused or streaked with a color

  3. : infused or permeated with a quality or element


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