take a shot

idiom

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.

Examples of take a shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brinkerhoff and a filly named Where’s My Ring will take a shot at the Kentucky Oaks on Friday at the racing cathedral Churchill Downs. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 Still, Dasha wants to take a shot at turning it around. Josh Crutchmer, Rolling Stone, 24 Apr. 2024 The Oregon team won the NCAA game 87-73 and Bronze raised up his hands and made an adorable squeal just as a player was about to take a shot. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Emmy watchers should not be surprised if multiple top contenders this year opt to take a shot at the drama series race rather than compete in the limited series category. Clayton Davis, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for take a shot 

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“Take a shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20shot. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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