- a magazine, brochure, or the like that is published only one time, with no subsequent issues intended, usually containing articles and photographs devoted to one topical subject.
- a single appearance by a performer, as in a play, motion picture, or television program.
- a close-up camera shot of one person.
- something occurring, done, used, etc., only once.
- occurring, done, etc., only once.
- achieved or accomplished with a single try: a one-shot solution.
Origin of one-shot
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for one-shot
One-shot holiday needs can also lead to yearlong sustainable relationships.One of a Kind Gifts Are Only a Neighbor Away
December 8, 2014
Each one speaks alone and directly to the camera, shown exclusively in a one-shot.Naftali Bennett Wants You!
December 25, 2012
I am going to sit down with a lawyer to go over my case and the application, since this is only a one-shot deal.Letters From DREAMers: Young Immigrants Hope for Deferred Action
August 18, 2012
Sanctions and saber-rattling alone were never going to do the trick, nor would periodic efforts at one-shot diplomacy.Don't Prove Walt and Mearsheimer Right
March 15, 2012
Even worse, the stimulus legislation, predictably, proved to be a one-shot wonder.America's Investment Crisis
October 7, 2010
On a one-shot gamble of this kind, the 'laws' of chance are no good at all.
It was only when he opened his mouth that One-Shot Braun was in the suit with him.
Your intuition for the one-shot gamble was the one thing that bailed us out this time.
Then comes the third before mentioned, which is a one-shot hole.The Golf Courses of the British Isles
Twenty-five thousand bucks would get you one nice spread in the Post, but what kind of a one-shot campaign would that be?Breeder Reaction
Word Origin and History for one-shot
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper