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[moon-shot] /ˈmunˌʃɒt/
the act or procedure of launching a rocket or spacecraft to the moon.
Origin of moonshot
An Americanism dating back to 1955-60; moon + shot1 Unabridged
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  • Now and again the moon shot a golden beam of light across their trail.

    The Purple Flame Roy J. Snell
  • Just then the moon shot from behind a cloud, and all their faces could be seen.

  • By and by, however, the moon shot above the cloud, and that which before had been obscured by darkness became plain.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • Above the peaks the stars glittered, and high in the sky the moon shot a path of clear light down the river itself.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman
  • The moon shot a beam of light through the window and the rays seemed to rest tenderly upon the calm and gentle face.

    Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
  • Here it was lighter; the moon shot a beam of silver across the passage from an unshuttered window as he passed.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • In a few seconds the moon shot into the field of blue, and her light flashed over the sea.

  • Large shadows fell about him when for an instant the moon shot clear of a cloud.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for moon shot


the launching of a spacecraft, rocket, etc, to the moon
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Contemporary definitions for moon shot

in baseball, a hit that goes very high in the air, esp. one going over the left field fence for a home run


Sammy Sosa hit a moon shot to win the game.

Word Origin

after Wally Moon, US baseball player who typically hit this's 21st Century Lexicon
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