- 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[countable] a good, bad, etc. shot a person who shoots a gun in a particular way (well, badly, etc.) bullets
- 3(also lead shot) [uncountable] a large number of small metal balls that you fire together from a shotgun see also buckshot
- 4[countable] (pl. shot) a large stone or metal ball that was shot from a cannon or large gun in the past remark/action
- 5[countable] a remark or an action that is usually one of a series, and is aimed against somebody/something that you are arguing or competing with This statement was the opening shot in the argument. The supermarket fired the first shot in a price war today. attempt
- 6[countable, usually singular] shot (at something/at doing something) (informal) the act of trying to do or achieve something The team are looking good for a shot at the title. I've never produced a play before but I'll have 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. in sport
- 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 low shot into the corner of the net. Good shot! See related entries: Soccer, American football
- 8(also the shot) [singular] the heavy ball that is used in the sports competition called shot-put See related entries: Athletics photograph
- 9[countable] a photograph I got some good shots of people at the party. see also mugshot, snapshot Synonymsphotograph picture photo shot snapshot/snap 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 hotel.photo 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, rather than the finished picture.snapshot/snap an informal photograph that is taken quickly, and not by a professional photographer:holiday snapsprint a copy of a photograph that is produced from film or from a digital camera:a set of printsPatterns a colour photograph/picture/photo/snap/print to take a photograph/picture/photo/shot/snapshot scene in film/movie
- 10[countable] a scene in a film/movie that is filmed continuously by one camera the opening shot of a character walking across a desert See related entries: Film reviews and promotion drug
- 11[countable] (informal, especially North American English) 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 drink
- 12[countable] (informal) a small amount of a drink, especially a strong alcoholic one a shot of whisky of spacecraft
- 13[countable] an occasion when a spacecraft is sent into space The space shot was shown live on television. horse/dog in race
- 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. See related entries: Equine sports Word Originnoun Old English sc(e)ot, gesc(e)ot of Germanic origin; related to German Geschoss, from the base of the verb shoot.Extra examples As her parting shot she warned Pete never to come near her again. Go on—take another shot. Have you had all your shots for your expedition yet? He cracked a terrific shot into the bottom corner of the net. He killed them with a clean shot to their heads. He scuffed a shot from the edge of the box. I got some great shots of the runners as they crossed the line. I heard a pistol shot. I took a few more shots at the target, but missed every time. I’m not very good at repairing things, but I’ll have a shot at it. Kate snapped a few shots with her camera through the window. My first shot went wide, but my second was right on target. She is a crack shot with a rifle. She was killed by a single shot to the head. That man fired the fatal head shot. The applause acted on her like a shot of adrenalin. The goalkeeper parried his first shot but he scored from the rebound. The shot hit him in the chest. Their captain tried a long shot on goal. a publicity shot of the band performing a shot from a low angle a shot from his rifle a shot of penicillin a superb shot from Rivaldo a wide-angle shot showing the Grand Canyon a wide-angle shot showing the Houses of Parliament his right-footed shot from outside the penalty area the opening shot in the election campaign Conservationists have called on the government to ban the use of lead shot in shotgun cartridges. I tried to get a shot of him in the water. I’m willing to give it a shot. I’ve never produced a play before but I’ll have a shot at it. Just give it your best shot and you’ll be fine. Round shot whistled over our heads. She took a wide-angle shot of the house and garden. publicity shotsIdioms an important person (informal) to be the person who controls a situation (informal) very quickly and without hesitating If I had the chance to go there, I'd go like a shot. 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 nearly; not at all It's not over yet—not by a long chalk. a final remark, especially an unkind one, that somebody makes as they leave As her parting shot she warned Pete never to come near her again. something that you say or do as a warning to somebody about what might happen if they do not change, etc. something that gives somebody/something the help or encouragement they need 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.