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long shot

Syllabification: long shot

Definition of long shot in English:


A venture or guess that has only the slightest chance of succeeding or being accurate: it’s a long shot, but well worth trying
More example sentences
  • I thought I'd call the police station, just on the off chance, the long shot that it had turned up.
  • Though not impossible, attempting to obtain permission for residential use would be a long shot.
  • It's still a long shot but increased exposure is building up experience and the chances are shortening.
gamble, venture, speculation, risk, chance, outside chance


(not) by a long shot

informal (Not) by far or at all: she had not told Tony everything, not by a long shot
More example sentences
  • We don't have our act together in Washington by a long shot.
  • We're barely into April and the serious hurling hasn't started by a long shot yet.
  • Small business is the key to prosperity and is the State's largest employer by a long shot.

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