- 1The firing of a gun or cannon: Mulder killed him with a single shot • figurative they have fired the opening shot in what’s expected to be a savage price warMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [with adjective] A person with a specified level of ability in shooting: Roy was a very good shotMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3A critical or hostile 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.
- 2A hit, stroke, or kick of the ball in sports such as football, 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 score a goal: 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 all-round 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) [mass noun] Tiny lead pellets used in quantity in a single charge or cartridge in a shotgun: metal fragments and lead shot were sent in all directionsMore 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: a group shot of all the familyMore 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.
- 4.2 [mass noun] The 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 of spirits: he took a shot of whiskyMore 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 coffee: 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: a shot of impure heroinMore 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: it’s not easy, but I’m going to give it my best shotMore 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
without hesitation, unhesitatingly, very willingly, eagerly, enthusiastically, gladly; immediately, at once, right away, right now, quickly, straight away, instantly, instantaneously, directly, forthwith, promptly, without delay
- ‘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 coloured cloth) woven with a warp and weft of different colours, giving a contrasting effect when looked at from different angles: a dress of shot silk
- 1.1Interspersed with a different colour: 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.
- 1.2 (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.
get (or be) shot of
- British • informal Get (or be) rid of: Helen couldn’t wait to get shot of meMore example sentences
dispose of, do away with, throw away, throw out, toss out, clear out, discard, scrap, remove, dispense with, lose, dump, bin, unload, jettison, dismiss, expel, eject, weed out, root outBritish • informal see the back ofNorth American • informal shuck off
- 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 to pieces (or to hell)
- • informal Ruined: the day already looks shot to hell, and it’s not even noonMore 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.