Definition of have a shy at in English:

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have a shy at

1Try to hit something, especially with a ball or stone.
Example sentences
  • So good was their dominance that they did not allow the Chandigarh team to have a shy at the goal at all.
  • Pietersen has a shy at the stumps, but misses with the Australian just about making his ground.
  • If they miss, the man backing up collects and has a shy at the next stump along the line.
1.1 archaic Attempt to do or obtain something: have a shy at putting the case to me
More example sentences
  • Though he is well behind the leaders, another Finn who could have a shy at a medal at least will be hammer thrower Olli-Pekka Karjalainen.
1.2 archaic Jeer at: you are always having a shy at Lady Ann and her relations
More example sentences
  • ‘There you go, Polly; you are always having a shy at Lady Anne and her relations,’ says Mr. Newcome, good-naturedly.
See parent entry: shy
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