- 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.
- Movies, Television. a camera shot taken at a relatively great distance from the subject and permitting a broad view of a scene.Compare closeup(def 2), medium shot.
- 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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- 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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by a long shot
see under long shot.
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