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     ( big shots    plural  ) A big shot is an important and powerful person in a group or organization.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
He's a big shot in Chilean politics.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
shot     ( shots    plural  )
1    Shot is the past tense and past participle of shoot.  
2       n-count   A shot is an act of firing a gun.  
He had murdered Perceval at point blank range with a single shot..., A man fired a volley of shots at them.     
3       n-count   Someone who is a good shot can shoot well. Someone who is a bad shot cannot shoot well.  
adj N  
He was not a particularly good shot because of his eyesight.     
4       n-count   In sports such as football, golf, or tennis, a shot is an act of kicking, hitting, or throwing the ball, especially in an attempt to score a point.  
He had only one shot at goal.     
5       n-count   A shot is a photograph or a particular sequence of pictures in a film.  
...a shot of a fox peering from the bushes...     
6       n-count   If you have a shot at something, you attempt to do it.  
INFORMAL   usu sing, usu N at n  
The heavyweight champion will be given a shot at Holyfield's world title.     
7       n-count   A shotof a drug is an injection of it.  
usu N of n  
He administered a shot of Nembutal.     
8       n-count   A shotof a strong alcoholic drink is a small glass of it.  
...a shot of vodka.     
9    If you give something your best shot, you do it as well as you possibly can.  
give something your best shot      phrase   V inflects  
I don't expect to win. But I am going to give it my best shot.     
10    The person who calls the shots is in a position to tell others what to do.  
call the shots      phrase   V inflects  
The directors call the shots and nothing happens without their say-so.     
11    If you do something like a shot, you do it without any delay or hesitation.  
like a shot      phrase   PHR after v  
I heard the key turn in the front door and I was out of bed like a shot...     
12    If you describe something as along shot, you mean that it is unlikely to succeed, but is worth trying.  
a long shot      phrase   v-link PHR  
The deal was a long shot, but Bagley had little to lose...     
13    People sometimes use the expression by a long shot to emphasize the opinion they are giving.  
by a long shot      phrase  
The missile-reduction treaty makes sweeping cuts, but the arms race isn't over by a long shot.     
14    If something is shot through with an element or feature, it contains a lot of that element or feature.  
be shot through with      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
This is an argument shot through with inconsistency.     
    a shot in the dark  

big shot        ( big shots    plural  ) A big shot is an important and powerful person in a group or organization.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
He's a big shot in Chilean politics.     
cheap shot        ( cheap shots    plural  ) A cheap shot is a comment someone makes which you think is unfair or unkind.      n-count  
mug shot        ( mug shots    plural  ) A mug shot is a photograph of someone, especially a photograph of a criminal which has been taken by the police.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
parting shot        ( parting shots    plural  ) If someone makes a parting shot, they make an unpleasant or forceful remark at the end of a conversation, and then leave so that no-one has the chance to reply.      n-count  
He turned to face her for his parting shot. `You're one coldhearted woman, you know that?'     
pot shot        ( pot shots    plural  ) , pot-shot  
1       n-count   To take a pot shotat someone or something means to shoot at them without taking the time to aim carefully.  
2       n-count   A pot shot is a criticism of someone which may be unexpected and unfair.  
INFORMAL   ...Republican rivals taking pot shots at the president.     
shot put     
In athletics, theshot put is a competition in which people throw a heavy metal ball as far as possible.      n-sing   usu the N  
  shot putter     ( shot putters    plural)    n-count  
...Canadian shot-putter Georgette Reed.     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    discharge, lob, pot shot, throw  
2    ball, bullet, lead, pellet, projectile, slug  
3    marksman, shooter  
4      (informal)   attempt, chance, conjecture, crack     (informal)   effort, endeavour, essay, go     (informal)   guess, opportunity, stab     (informal)   surmise, try, turn  
5    by a long shot:     
a    by far, easily, far and away, indubitably, undoubtedly, without doubt  
b    by any means, in any circumstances, on any account  
6    attempt, have a bash     (informal)   have a crack     (informal)   have a go  
have a shot        (informal)   have a stab     (informal)   tackle, try, try one's luck  
7    like a shot      at once, eagerly, immediately, like a bat out of hell     (slang)   like a flash, quickly, unhesitatingly  
8    shot in the arm        (informal)   boost, encouragement, fillip, impetus, lift, stimulus  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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[as interjection] an expression of congratulations, thanks or respect
big up to the team for a great job
name given to the Great Lakes Storm of 1913
very large collection of digital data, whose analysis allows to predict patterns and behaviours through inductive reasoning
[Tech.] big data can be applied to behavioural retargeting in marketing, but also to predict epidemies through Google searches or analysing DNA
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
make an attempt, endeavor, make an effort
very quickly; right now; in a big hurry
[UK][Slang] You should get out quick sticks if you don't want him to see you.
to get so focused on the details or intricacies of something that you miss the big picture or the main point
His book subject is quite good, but he tends to miss the forest for the trees. (tending to get in too much detail and miss the essence).
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
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