Synonyms of shot in English:



  • 1 a shot rang out
    bang, crack, blast; (shots) gunfire
  • 3 the winning shot
    stroke, hit, strike; kick, throw, pitch, lob
  • 4 Mike was an excellent shot
    marksman, markswoman, shooter
  • 6 informal it's nice to get a shot at driving
    attempt, try; turn, chance, opportunity
    informal go, stab, crack
    formal essay


a shot in the arm

informal the new sidewalks and landscaping have been a shot in the arm to downtown commerce boosttonicstimulusspurimpetusencouragement

a shot in the dark

my answer was just a shot in the dark (wild) guesssurmisesuppositionconjecturespeculation

like a shot

informal when they called his name he ran on to the stage like a shot without hesitationunhesitatinglyeagerlyenthusiasticallyimmediatelyat onceright away/nowstraightawayinstantlyinstantaneouslywithout delay informalin/like a flash

long shot

  • 1 it's a long shot, but you could win big
    gamble, venture, speculation, risk, chance, outside chance

not by a long shot

he is not yet out of the woods, not by a long shot by no (manner of) meansnot at allin no waycertainly notabsolutely notdefinitely not

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