take a shot

Definition of take a shot

1 :to fire a gun
  • He took a shot and missed.
often + at
  • He took a shot at the deer.
2 :to try to hit + at
  • She took a shot at me with a snowball but missed.
3 :to propel a ball or puck toward a goal
  • He took a shot and scored.
4 :to make a critical or hurtful remark about someone + at
  • They took shots at each other throughout the debate.
5 :to attempt to do something successfully often + at
  • Take a shot at the math problem.
  • I never changed a tire before, but I'll take a shot at it.
6 informal :to photograph something often + of
  • Be sure to take a shot of the house.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

shot play
  1. : an action of shooting

  2. : a directed propelling of a missile

  3. : a stroke or throw in an attempt to score points in a game (such as tennis, pool, or basketball)

  1. : past tense and past participle of shoot

  1. : having contrasting and changeable color effects : iridescent

  2. : suffused or streaked with a color

  3. : infused or permeated with a quality or element


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