shot

1
[ shot ]
/ ʃɒt /

noun, plural shots or for 6, 8, shot.

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.

Nearby words

  1. shoshone dam,
  2. shoshone falls,
  3. shoshonean,
  4. shoshoni,
  5. shostakovich,
  6. shot clock,
  7. shot effect,
  8. shot glass,
  9. shot heard round the world,
  10. shot hole

Idioms

Origin of shot

1
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 shot in the dark

shot

1
/ (ʃɒt) /

noun

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

shot

2
/ (ʃɒt) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of shoot

adjective

(of textiles) woven to give a changing colour effectshot silk
streaked with colour
slang exhausted
get shot of or get shut of slang to get rid of
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Word Origin and History for shot in the dark
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Medicine definitions for shot in the dark

shot

[ shŏt ]

n.

A hypodermic injection.
A small amount given or applied at one time.

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Idioms and Phrases with shot in the dark

shot in the dark

A wild, unsubstantiated guess; also, an attempt that has little chance for success. For example, It was a shot in the dark, but the engineers had a hunch that replacing the valve would make the system work, or You can try looking for your key on the beach, but I think it's a shot in the dark. [Colloquial; late 1800s]

shot

In addition to the idioms beginning with shot

  • shot in the arm, a
  • shot in the dark
  • shot to hell
  • shot up

also see:

  • 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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