a horse, team, etc., that has little chance of winning and carries long odds.
an attempt or undertaking that offers much but in which there is little chance for success.
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The Letter B Once Had A Much Longer NameThe letter B was part of the Phoenician alphabet more than 3000 years ago in 1000 BCE. At that time, the letter was called beth and looked a little different, but it made the sound of b and was second in the alphabet. The shape of the letter resembled the floor plan of a house, and the word beth meant “house.” This is pictured below. In Hebrew, the letter was called beth, bet, or bayt which also …
by a long shot, by any means; by a measurable degree: They haven't finished by a long shot.
Origin of long shot
First recorded in 1785–95
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British Dictionary definitions for by a long shot
a competitor, as in a race, considered to be unlikely to win
a bet against heavy odds
an undertaking, guess, or possibility with little chance of success
films television a shot where the camera is or appears to be distant from the object to be photographed
by a long shot by any meanshe still hasn't finished by a long shot
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Word Origin and History for by a long shot
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Idioms and Phrases with by a long shot
by a long shot
see under long shot.
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