[ shot ]
/ ʃɒt /
noun, plural shots or for 6, 8, shot.
a discharge of a firearm, bow, etc.
the range of or the distance traveled by a missile in its flight.
an aimed discharge of a missile.
an attempt to hit a target with a missile.
an act or instance of shooting a firearm, bow, etc.
a small ball or pellet of lead, a number of which are loaded in a cartridge and used for one charge of a shotgun.
such pellets collectively: a charge of shot.
a projectile for discharge from a firearm or cannon.
such projectiles collectively: shot and shell.
a person who shoots; marksman: He was a good shot.
Slang. a blow; punch: The prizefighter was knocked out by a shot in the chin.
anything like a shot, especially in being sudden and forceful.
a heavy metal ball that competitors cast as far as possible in shot-putting contests.
an aimed stroke, throw, or the like, as in certain games, especially in an attempt to score.
an attempt or try: He's entitled to a shot at the championship.
a remark aimed at some person or thing.
a guess at something.
a hypodermic injection, as of a serum, vaccine, narcotic, or anaesthetic: He took a series of immunizing shots for hay fever.
a small quantity, especially an ounce, of undiluted liquor.
an amount due, especially at a tavern.
- a photograph, especially a snapshot: Here's a nice shot of my kids.
- the act of making a photograph, especially a snapshot.
Movies, Television. a unit of action photographed without interruption and constituting a single camera view.
an explosive charge in place for detonation, as in mining or quarrying.
Metallurgy. comparatively hard globules of metal in the body of a casting.
Nautical. a 90-foot (27-meter) length of anchor cable or chain.
Checkers. a compulsory series of exchanges, especially when it proves favorable to the aggressor.
- a pick sent through the shed in a single throw of the shuttle.
- (in carpet weaving) filling yarn used to bind the pile to the fabric, usually expressed with a preceding number representing the quantity of picks used: three-shot carpet.
- a defect in a fabric caused by an unusual color or size in the yarn.
a chance with odds for and against; a bet: a 20 to 1 shot that his horse will come in first.
verb (used with object), shot·ted, shot·ting.
to load or supply with shot.
to weight with shot.
verb (used without object), shot·ted, shot·ting.
to manufacture shot, as in a shot tower.
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by a long shot. long shot(def 4).
call one's shots, Informal. to indicate beforehand what one intends to do and how one intends to do it.
call the shots, Informal. to have the power or authority to make decisions or control policy: Now that he's chairman of the board, he calls the shots.
have/take a shot at, make an attempt at: I'll have a shot at solving the problem.
like a shot, instantly; quickly: He bolted out of here like a shot.
shot in the arm, Informal. something that results in renewed vigor, confidence, etc.; stimulus: Her recent promotion has given her a shot in the arm. The new members gave the club a shot in the arm.
shot in the dark, Informal. a wild guess; a random conjecture.
Origin of shot1
before 900; Middle English; Old English sc(e)ot, (ge)sceot; cognate with German Schoss, Geschoss; akin to shoot1
Related formsshot·less, adjectiveshot·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for like a shot (1 of 2)
/ (ʃɒt) /
the act or an instance of discharging a projectile
plural shot a solid missile, such as an iron ball or a lead pellet, discharged from a firearm
- small round pellets of lead collectively, as used in cartridges
- metal in the form of coarse powder or small pellets
the distance that a discharged projectile travels or is capable of travelling
a person who shoots, esp with regard to his abilityhe is a good shot
informal an attempt; effort
informal a guess or conjecture
any act of throwing or hitting something, as in certain sports
the launching of a rocket, missile, etc, esp to a specified destinationa moon shot
- a single photographI took 16 shots of the wedding
- a series of frames on cine film concerned with a single event
- a length of film taken by a single camera without breaks, used with others to build up a full motion picture or television film
informal an injection, as of a vaccine or narcotic drug
informal a glass of alcoholic drink, esp spirits
sport a heavy metal ball used in the shot put
an explosive charge used in blasting
globules of metal occurring in the body of a casting that are harder than the rest of the casting
a unit of chain length equal to 75 feet (Brit) or 90 feet (US)
call the shots slang to have control over an organization, course of action, etc
have a shot at informal
- to attempt
- Australian to jibe at or vex
like a shot very quickly, esp willingly
shot in the arm informal anything that regenerates, increases confidence or efficiency, etchis arrival was a shot in the arm for the company
shot in the dark a wild guess
that's the shot Australian informal that is the right thing to do
verb shots, shotting or shotted
(tr) to weight or load with shot
Word Origin for shot
Old English scot; related to Old Norse skot, Old High German scoz missile; see shoot
British Dictionary definitions for like a shot (2 of 2)
/ (ʃɒt) /
the past tense and past participle of shoot
(of textiles) woven to give a changing colour effectshot silk
streaked with colour
get shot of or get shut of slang to get rid of
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Medicine definitions for like a shot
[ shŏt ]
A hypodermic injection.
A small amount given or applied at one time.
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Idioms and Phrases with like a shot (1 of 2)
like a shot
Very rapidly, as in When they asked for volunteers, he raised his hand like a shot. This expression alludes to the rapidity of gunfire. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with like a shot (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with shot
- shot in the arm, a
- shot in the dark
- shot to hell
- shot up
- big cheese (shot)
- call the shots
- cheap shot
- give it one's best shot
- have a crack (shot) at
- like a shot
- long shot
- parting shot
Also see undershoot.
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