long shot

\ 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.
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Hardly a long shot, but don't feel strong about the timing. Scott Craven, azcentral, "When will the Rise of the Resistance ride open at Disney's new Star Wars land?," 17 June 2019 We weren't prepared to buy a house by a long shot, having both come out of big changes in career and personal life. Carisa Crawford Chappell, chicagotribune.com, "As congregations shrink, Chicago churches see new life as homes, apartments and condos," 11 June 2019 Joevia, the race's longest shot, led from the gate to the stretch in the 1.5-mile race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Rewinding the Belmont Stakes 2019: Sir Winston wins," 8 June 2019 Country House was elevated to first, giving Mott his first Derby win and becoming the second longest shot (65-1) to win the Derby. Tom Canavan, Houston Chronicle, "Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont Stakes," 8 June 2019 The Tigers have typically played in an NY6 game even when not in the national title picture, which means the team would likely be a long shot (or having a down year) to end up in the Holiday Bowl. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Holiday Bowl, Mountain West face changes after new tie-ins announced," 4 June 2019 These are all long shots (not entirely crazy, according to Brophy), but if even one succeeds, the implications will be huge. Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, "These New Technologies Could Make Interstellar Travel Real," 13 Mar. 2019 His long shots were also unreal, just adding yet another skill to Guarin's vast locker. SI.com, "Throwback: The 50 Best Bargains You've Ever Picked Up in FIFA Ultimate Team," 19 June 2019 Up front, 21-1 long shot Joevia continued to set the pace with Tax closely tracking. Tom Canavan, Houston Chronicle, "Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont Stakes," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of long shot

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of long shot

: an attempt or effort that is not likely to be successful
chiefly US : a person or thing that is not likely to win something (such as a contest or race)

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