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Definition of shot noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    with gun
  1. 1[countable] shot (at somebody/something) the act of firing a gun; the sound this makes The man fired several shots from his pistol. Someone took a shot at the car. We heard some shots in the distance. see also gunshot, potshot
  2. 2[countable] a good, bad, etc. shot a person who shoots a gun in a particular way (well, badly, etc.)
  3. bullets
  4. 3(also lead shot) [uncountable] a large number of small metal balls that you fire together from a shotgun see also buckshot
  5. 4[countable] (pl. shot) a large stone or metal ball that was shot from a cannon or large gun in the past
  6. remark/action
  7. 5[countable] a remark or an action that is usually one of a series, and is aimed against someone or something that you are arguing or competing with This statement was the opening shot in the argument. We're not sure which discount store fired the first shot in a price war today.
  8. attempt
  9. 6[countable, usually singular] shot (at something/at doing something) (informal) the act of trying to do or achieve something The team is looking good for a shot at the title. I've never produced a play before but I'll take a shot at it. I'm willing to give it a shot. Just give it your best shot (= try as hard as you can) and you'll be fine.
  10. in sports
  11. 7[countable] the action of hitting, kicking, or throwing the ball in order to score a point or goal in a game Taylor scored with a hook shot into the net. Good shot!
  12. 8the shot [singular] the heavy ball that is used in the sports competition called shot put
  13. photograph
  14. 9[countable] a photograph I got some good shots of people at the party. see also mugshot, snapshot Thesaurusphotographpicture photo shot snapshot printThese are all words for a picture that has been made using a camera.photograph a picture that has been made using a camera:a photograph of the house Can I take a photograph?picture a photograph:We had our picture taken in front of the a photograph:a passport photophotograph, picture, or photo?Photograph is slightly more formal and photo is slightly less formal. Picture is used especially in the context of photographs in newspapers, magazines, and books.shot a photograph:I tried to get a shot of him in the water. Shot often places more emphasis on the process of taking the photograph than on the finished picture.snapshot an informal photograph that is taken quickly, and not by a professional photographer:holiday snapshotsprint a copy of a photograph that is produced from film or from a digital camera:a set of printsPatterns a color photograph/picture/photo/snapshot/print to take a photograph/picture/photo/shot/snapshot
  15. scene in movie
  16. 10[countable] a scene in a movie that is filmed continuously by one camera the opening shot of a character walking across a desert
  17. drug
  18. 11[countable] (informal) a small amount of a drug that is put into your body using a syringe synonym injection a flu shot (= to protect you against flu) a shot of morphine
  19. drink
  20. 12[countable] (informal) a small amount of a drink, especially a strong alcoholic one a shot of whiskey
  21. of spacecraft
  22. 13[countable] an occasion when a spacecraft is sent into space The space shot was shown live on television.
  23. horse/dog in race
  24. 14[singular] (used with numbers) a horse, dog, etc. that has the particular chance of winning a race that is mentioned The horse is a 10–1 shot. You will find other compounds ending in shot at their place in the alphabet.
  25. Idioms
    a big shot/name
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    an important person
    call the shots/tune (informal)
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    to be the person who controls a situation
    like a shot (informal)
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    very quickly and without hesitating If I had the chance to go there, I'd go like a shot.
    a long shot
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    an attempt or a guess that is not likely to be successful but is worth trying It's a long shot, but it just might work.
    not by a long shot
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    not nearly; not at all It's not over yet—not by a long shot.
    parting shot
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    a final remark, especially an unkind one, that someone makes as they leave As her parting shot she warned Pete never to come near her again.
    a shot across the/somebody's bows
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    something that you say or do as a warning to someone about what might happen if they do not change, etc.
    a shot in the arm
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    something that gives someone or something the help or encouragement they need
    a shot/stab in the dark
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    a guess; something you do without knowing what the result will be The figure he came up with was really just a shot in the dark.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shot