long shot


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long shot

n.
1. An entry, as in a horserace, with only a slight chance of winning.
2.
a. A bet made at great odds.
b. A venture that offers a great reward if successful but has very little chance of success.
3. A photograph or a movie shot in which the subject appears small or distant in relation to the rest of the image.
Idiom:
by a long shot Informal
To any extent; at all. Usually used in negative sentences: You haven't done your share of the work by a long shot.

long shot

n
1. a competitor, as in a race, considered to be unlikely to win
2. (Gambling, except Cards) a bet against heavy odds
3. an undertaking, guess, or possibility with little chance of success
4. (Film) films television a shot where the camera is or appears to be distant from the object to be photographed
5. by a long shot by any means: he still hasn't finished by a long shot.

long′ shot`


n.
1. a horse, team, etc., that has little chance of winning and carries long odds.
2. an attempt or undertaking that offers much but in which there is little chance for success.
3. an attempt or guess that is unlikely to be successful.
4. a movie or television shot that gives a broad or full view of a scene or subject from a relatively great distance. Compare closeup (def. 2).
Idioms:
by a long shot, by any means: You aren't finished by a long shot.
[1785–95]

long shot

A shot in which the camera seems to be a long way from the subject, which appears in the distance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.long shot - a venture that involves great risk but promises great rewards
gamble - a risky act or venture
2.long shot - a contestant that is unlikely to win
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
Translations

long shot

n it's a long shot (fam) → le probabilità sono minime
References in classic literature ?
And at the same moment, he saw the man with the unmistakable ginger beard kneel down on the ground, level his gun, and coolly take his time for the long shot.
They laughed at the unexpected eruption of apples, and clapped their hands in applause of the long shot by the man with the ginger beard.
Well, he won't find Billy Roberts a sissy by a long shot.
The pace set by long shot Spanish Chestnut and chased by a group that included favorite Bellamy Road produced the fastest three-quarter-mile split (1:09.
Spanish Chestnut, the early leader as expected, rattled off fast fractional times and other long shots pressed forward to leave the usually front-running Bellamy Road back in fifth as the horses went down the backstretch.
In 2001, a long shot named Songandaprayer led the fastest first three- quarters of a mile in Derby history (1:09.
Martinez didn't give up when he was aboard a long shot that couldn't win, and his effort to finish second, third or fourth would pay off for exacta, trifecta and superfecta players.
The Maria's Mon colt put his head in front at the top of the stretch and drew clear to win by two lengths over 17-1 long shot Spring At Last in 1:21.
Law Breaker was second by a neck, long shot Half Famous third in a 7-furlong sprint reduced to five horses when Major Pleasure was withdrawn early and Hurry Up Austin scratched at the gate after his left hind shoe came loose.
He then hit his second long shot less than a minute later to cut the Lancers' lead to nine with less than four minutes left in the period.
Laconically noted boat traffic on the water, close-ups of the agitated face on the bow, the satin night sky illuminated by the ship's radar, and a painfully long shot of a flat stretch of land: nothing moving.