- 1The firing of a gun or cannon: he brought down a caribou with a single shot to the neck • figurative the opening shots have been fired in a legal battle over repairsMore example sentences
bang, crack, blast; (shots) gunfire
- Carter recommended firing two aimed shots to establish where the rifle is hitting.
- Cursing himself for being so stupid, Bryce took aim and fired a single shot at the man's left leg.
- When he didn't hear a single shot fired, Ben chanced a look behind him and saw Jen running after him.
- 1.1An attempt to hit a target by shooting: he asked me if I would like to have a shot at a pheasantMore example sentences
- They all had fifty shots at the targets and the twelve contestants with the highest score on the day qualified to represent the county on Saturday next.
- 1.3A critical or aggressive remark: Paul tried one last shot—“You realize what you want will cost more money?”More example sentences
- A lot of people criticize you, take shots at you, but that is our job.
- I believe that was a shot at those of us who criticize bilingual education, but it was hard to tell.
- 1.4 [with adjective] A person with a specified level of ability in shooting: he was an excellent shot at short and long distancesMore example sentences
marksman, markswoman, shooter
- The problem with shooting is that to kill a Fox without it suffering you would need an excellent shot.
- Worse yet, your opponents are unbelievably excellent shots who almost never miss.
- The second, while not a competitor, is an excellent shot and a genuine professional.
- 2A hit, stroke, or kick of the ball in sports such as basketball, tennis, or golf: his partner pulled off a winning backhand shotMore example sentences
- His refusal to go down often results in defenders getting extra shots at the ball.
- During afternoons in the school year, when the weather was good, I hit hundreds of nine-iron shots on a football field near our home.
- Rallies last far longer than in tennis - about 10 shots more on average - and the shuttle is in play for roughly double the time.
- 2.1An attempt to drive a ball into a goal; an attempt to score: he took a shot that the goalie stoppedMore example sentences
- McCartney took a shot on goal but it rebounded back to him off a defender.
- Zane Keenan took a shot at goal but thanks to a brilliant save by our goalie Justin Brophy this did not go in.
- While they were tossing the coin Andrew was taken to the goal where he took four penalty shots at David James scoring twice.
- 2.2 • informal An attempt to do something: several of the competitors will have a shot at the titleMore example sentences
- You don't even have a shot at making something good if you don't sit down and give it a try.
- Whatever people say about their team, all we know is we have a shot at making history.
- In a perfect world, nearly every track on this album would have a shot at the top of the charts.
- 3.1 (also lead shot) Tiny lead pellets used in quantity in a single charge or cartridge in a shotgun.More example sentences
- Plated with either copper or nickel, lead shot flies truer because it resists deformation.
- The same-size shot as lead shot can be used with the same degree of choke.
- Efforts are being made in some states to outlaw the use of lead shot.
- 3.2A heavy ball thrown by a shot-putter.More example sentences
- Right before you get ready to throw the shot, take a deep breath in and let it out.
- These are things that are not going to allow you to repeat and throw a good shot.
- I practised throwing the shot in the orchard and I ran the 800m to national standard.
- 4A photograph: she took a shot of me holding a lamp near my faceMore example sentences
- Even the most amateur of photographers can snap perfect shots in this idyllic place.
- In the same frame as Akayesu's photograph is a shot of Prosper taken earlier in the trial.
- At a team practice, a local photographer snaps some shots of her which he hopes to sell on the open market.
- 4.1A film sequence photographed continuously by one camera: the movie’s opening shot is of a character walking across a featureless landscapeMore example sentences
- Is there really a need for slow motion shots of him running with an American flag?
- Indeed elegance is the last thing you might have expected from the opening shots of the film.
- It is really the exterior shots and fight sequences which give the film its scope and grandeur.
- 4.2The range of a camera’s view: a prop man was standing just out of shotMore example sentences
- I think she was pleased to have her tree photographed there, though, but tried her best to be out of shot.
- Have the assistant who will fire the trigger, out of camera shot on the ground.
- Perhaps there is an unsightly electricity pylon just out of camera shot?
- 5A small drink, especially of distilled liquor: he took a shot of whiskeyMore example sentences
- This happens when alcohol is added to a non-alcoholic drink, or when an alcoholic drink has shots of spirits added without the person requesting it.
- One winter they ran out of beer, so people were drinking shots of whiskey with red-wine chasers.
- Then we ordered shots of whiskey to drink with our beer.
- 5.1A single serving of espresso: steamed milk with a shot of espressoMore example sentences
- And the price of a shot of espresso keeps going up.
- When they entered the Australian market in 2000, they charged a rather excessive 60c Australian for an extra shot of espresso.
- He stared at me, looked at the register, and said "It's $1.45, plus fifty-five cents, for two additional shots of espresso."
- 5.2An injection of a drug or vaccine: Jerry gave the monkey a shot of a sedativeMore example sentences
- Immunization shots and antiviral drugs are apparently not plentiful enough to withstand a pandemic.
- The current vaccine involves six shots with yearly boosters.
- The biggest problem people have is usually some tenderness at the site of the vaccination, but flu shots absolutely don't cause the flu.
give it one's best shot
- • informal Do the best that one can.More example sentences
- That's not to say we won't be giving it our best shot.
- He said: ‘I am giving it my best shot and hoping that we raise as much money as possible so we can help find a cure for Lily quickly.’
- It will be difficult as there is only a team of three, but I will be giving it my best shot.
like a shot
- • informal Without hesitation; willingly: “Would you go back?” “Like a shot.”More example sentences
- ‘They came down on him like a shot,’ said Mr Harvey.
- Replied Chapin, ‘I would have put it on like a shot, if I'd had the opportunity.’
- I don't have the money to be coming back every Saturday and Sunday but if they made it to Europe, I'd be back like a shot.
a shot across the bows
- see bow3.
a shot in the arm
- • informal An encouraging stimulus: the movie was a real shot in the arm for our crewMore example sentences
- Maria's win at Wimbledon was a shot in the arm for women's tennis and generated real excitement.
- A shot in the arm for North Bay will be a shot in the arm for Scarborough.
- ‘This award is a shot in the arm but we have a long way to go,’ she says.
a shot in the dark
- see dark.
Old English sc(e)ot, gesc(e)ot, of Germanic origin; related to German Geschoss, from the base of the verb shoot.
past and past participle of shoot
- 1(Of colored cloth) woven with a warp and weft of different colors, giving a contrasting iridescent effect when looked at from different angles: a dress of shot silkMore example sentences
- Do orange and purple shot silk cushions actually enhance my decor?
- 1.1Interspersed with a different color: dark hair shot with silverMore example sentences
- Sometimes they were shot with streaks of ultramarine, or they lit up the sea like jade.
- We came to the small medieval town of Orchha as the sun was sinking from a pink and grey sky shot with golden threads.
- The back is greenish and the sides silvery, shot with blue and pink.
get (or be) shot of
- British • informal Get (or be) rid of.More example sentences
- Car boot fairs are wonderful places to get shot of your junk - and make some money while you're at it.
- If they have ever worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, get shot of them.
- Some might even be happy to be shot of the badge - wearing radicals with loopy ideas who used to give politics a bad name.
shot through with
- Suffused with (a particular feature or quality): the mist was shot through with orange spokes of lightMore example sentences
- Some of the songs are shot through with what seems like a deliberately ambiguous approach.
- The novels are shot through with a Burkean fear of enlightenment rationalism.
- Pipes's book is shot through with essentialism and questionable generalizations.
shot to pieces (or to hell)
- • informal Ruined.More example sentences
- It has led us to ruin; it is morally corrupt and its credibility is shot to pieces.
- I guess what remains of the transatlantic tourism business is shot to pieces now.
- If his credibility is shot to pieces on immigration, it hurts his credibility across the front.
Entry from British & World English dictionary