a\ long\ shot
noun
1. A bet or other risk taken though not likely to succeed.

The horse was a long shot, but it came in and paid well.

Jones was a long shot for mayor.

The business long shot that succeeds often pays extremely well.

2. See: by a long shot
••
an attempt which is unlikely to succeed

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  • (a) long shot — a long shot informal phrase an attempt or guess that is not likely to be successful but that is worth trying It’s a long shot, but I’ll ask her. Thesaurus: likely to failsynonym Main entry: long * * * a ˈlong shot …   Useful english dictionary

  • a long shot — a poor chance of winning, a slim chance    The Leafs winning the Stanley Cup now that s a long shot …   English idioms

  • (a) long shot — something that will probably not succeed but is worth trying. It s a long shot but I could call Tony and see if he knows her address …   New idioms dictionary

  • a long shot — informal an attempt or guess that is not likely to be successful but that is worth trying It s a long shot, but I ll ask her …   English dictionary

  • not by a long shot — BY NO (MANNER OF) MEANS, not at all, in no way, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not; Brit. not by a long chalk. → shot * * * not by a long shot Not by any means • • • Main Entry: ↑long * * * not by a long shot/chalk/way/ …   Useful english dictionary

  • by a long shot — adverb by a great deal (Freq. 1) he is the best by a long shot his labors haven t ended there not by a long shot * * * adverb : by a great deal his labors haven t ended there not by a long shot J.D.Adams * * * (not) by a long shot …   Useful english dictionary

  • not by a long shot — See: BY A LONG SHOT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • not by a long shot — See: BY A LONG SHOT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by a long shot — {adv. phr.}, {informal} By a big difference; by far. Used to add emphasis. * /Bert was the best swimmer in the race, by a long shot./ Often used with a negative. * /Tom isn t the kind who would be fresh to a teacher, by a long shot./ * /Our team… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by a long shot — {adv. phr.}, {informal} By a big difference; by far. Used to add emphasis. * /Bert was the best swimmer in the race, by a long shot./ Often used with a negative. * /Tom isn t the kind who would be fresh to a teacher, by a long shot./ * /Our team… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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