long shot

noun \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌshät \
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

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

  1. I hope to double my profits, but I know that's a long shot.

  2. The horse was a long shot, but we bet on him anyway.

  3. She always bets on long shots at the racetrack.

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First Known Use of long shot

1796

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LONG SHOT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of long shot for English Language Learners

  • : an attempt or effort that is not likely to be successful

  • : a person or thing that is not likely to win something (such as a contest or race)


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