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.
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.
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.
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.
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.