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one-shot

[wuhn-shot]
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noun Also one shot.
  1. 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.
  2. a single appearance by a performer, as in a play, motion picture, or television program.
  3. a close-up camera shot of one person.
  4. something occurring, done, used, etc., only once.
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adjective
  1. occurring, done, etc., only once.
  2. achieved or accomplished with a single try: a one-shot solution.
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Origin of one-shot

First recorded in 1905–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for one-shot

then, already, formerly, heretofore, once, hitherto, antecedently, ahead, ante, back, before, beforehand, erstwhile, fore, forward, one-shot

Examples from the Web for one-shot

Contemporary Examples of one-shot

Historical Examples of one-shot

  • On a one-shot gamble of this kind, the 'laws' of chance are no good at all.

    One-Shot

    James Benjamin Blish

  • It was only when he opened his mouth that One-Shot Braun was in the suit with him.

    One-Shot

    James Benjamin Blish

  • Your intuition for the one-shot gamble was the one thing that bailed us out this time.

    One-Shot

    James Benjamin Blish

  • Then comes the third before mentioned, which is a one-shot hole.

  • 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

    Winston Marks


Word Origin and History for one-shot

adj.

1907, "achieved in a single attempt" (original reference is to golf), from one + shot (n.). Meaning "happening or of use only once" is from 1937.

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