give it one's best shot

Make one's hardest or most enthusiastic attempt, as in I don't know if I can do it, but I'll give it my best shot. This expression employs shot in the sense of “attempt,” a usage dating from the mid-1700s.


Nearby words

  1. give credit,
  2. give free rein to,
  3. give ground,
  4. give him enough rope and he'll hang himself,
  5. give in,
  6. give it to,
  7. give me a break,
  8. give me liberty or give me death,
  9. give me your tired, your poor,
  10. give notice

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