- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for long shot
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In 2012, Bentivolio filed as a long-shot primary candidate to take on idiosyncratic five-term incumbent Thaddeus McCotter.
McCotter, fresh off a long-shot presidential bid, was expected to cruise to victory.
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This may lead to a long-shot duel between the aggressor and the aggrieved.
Carroll wa'n't the only one that hadn't paid him, not by a long-shot.The Debtor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- 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
Word Origin and History for long shot
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper