long shot

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noun \ˈlȯŋ-ˌshät\

Definition of long shot

  1. 1 :  a venture involving great risk but promising a great reward if successful; also :  a venture unlikely to succeed

  2. 2 :  an entry (as in a horse race) given little chance of winning

  3. 3 :  a bet in which the chances of winning are slight but the possible winnings great

by a long shot

  1. :  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.

1796

First Known Use of long shot

1796


LONG SHOT Defined for English Language Learners

long shot

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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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