long shot

[ lawng-shot, long ]
/ ˈlɔŋ ˌʃɒt, ˈlɒŋ /


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: Getting tickets at this late date is a long shot, but I'll give it a whirl.
Movies, Television. a camera shot taken at a relatively great distance from the subject and permitting a broad view of a scene.Compare close-up (def. 2), medium shot.



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Idioms for long shot

    by a long shot, by any means; by a measurable degree (usually used in the negative): 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 long shot

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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