long shot

noun
\ ˈlȯŋ-ˌshät How to pronounce long shot (audio) \

Definition of long shot

1 : a venture involving great risk but promising a great reward if successful also : a venture unlikely to succeed
2 : an entry (as in a horse race) given little chance of winning
3 : a bet in which the chances of winning are slight but the possible winnings great
by a long shot
: by a great deal

Examples of long shot in a Sentence

I hope to double my profits, but I know that's a long shot. The horse was a long shot, but we bet on him anyway. She always bets on long shots at the racetrack.
Recent Examples on the Web In his understandable euphoria, the owner of 80-1 long shot Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike hadn’t taken a moment to do the math. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2022 Still a long shot, but UConn has put in a bid, just in case. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 8 May 2022 The alternative reality described for audiences on a daily basis by their media outlets (not just Fox News, by a long shot—dozens or hundreds of websites, local radio stations, and more). The New Republic, 14 Apr. 2022 And resolve of any sort seems like a long shot, given where this country is right now. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2021 But in lieu of that legislative long shot, Los Angeles County still can be a leader for the rest of the state. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2022 Virasingh’s challenge, although a long shot, had surprised some and impressed others. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 Deputed Testamony, a handsome bay colt and the long shot winner of the 1983 Preakness Stakes, lived and trained at the equestrian center, according to the real estate listing. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2022 Joey Logano wrecked battling for the lead on the final lap of the 500-mile race to allow 100-to-1 long shot Michael McDowell to reach Victory Lane. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of long shot

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Long shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20shot. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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