1
: that is complete or effective through being done or used or applied only once
there is no easy one-shot answer to the problem
2
: that is not followed by something else of the same kind
a one-shot tax cut
one-shot noun

Examples of one-shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cantlay seemed satisfied with the day’s work that earned him a one-shot lead over Cam Davis, Luke List and Jason Day, who each shot 65. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Megan Kirkpatrick, Glenelg, senior: The accomplished Kirkpatrick saved her best for last, winning her first career district title (72, Even), one-shot ahead of Helen Yeung. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 23 Jan. 2024 Burns fired a career-low 61 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Michael Kim and a two-shot lead on Dunlap at The American Express. Greg Beacham, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2024 Clark’s historic round at the famous links course in California included two eagles and nine birdies, giving him a one-shot lead ahead of Sweden’s Ludvig Åberg. George Ramsay, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 Stephan Jaeger eagled his final hole Thursday on the North Course at Torrey Pines, giving him a 64 for a one-shot lead midway through the Farmers Insurance Open. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 Keep an eye out for news on future installments of the World of Darkness, or check out the time Jason Carl himself produced an exclusive one-shot live on Rolling Stone. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 22 Jan. 2024 The one-shot nature and lack of an aiming interface really contributes to a general lack of confidence in the temperature sensor. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 11 Oct. 2023 Unfortunately, Camp David was proposed as a one-shot deal, make it or break it. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of one-shot was in 1907

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“One-shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one-shot. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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