Definition of Long shot

1. Noun. A venture that involves great risk but promises great rewards.

Generic synonyms: Gamble

2. Noun. A contestant that is unlikely to win.
Generic synonyms: Contestant

Definition of Long shot

1. Noun. (idiomatic nautical) Something unlikely; something that has little chance of happening or working. The term arose from the accuracy of early ship guns, which were effective only at close range and unlikely to hit the mark at any great distance. ¹

2. Noun. (film) A master shot, the primary wide shot of a scene into which the closeups will be edited later. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Long Shot

long profile
long pulse
long purples
long radial extensor muscle of wrist
long ranger
long rangers
long road to hoe
long root of ciliary ganglion
long row to hoe
long run
long s
long saphenous nerve
long saphenous vein
long scale
long screwdriver
long shot (current term)
long shots
long sight
long since
long sleeve
long spine board
long stop
long stops
long story short
long subscapular nerve
long suit
long sweetening
long sword
long swords
long tail

Literary usage of Long shot

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1. Letters from the Shores of the Baltic by Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake (1844)
"... the Sheikh of the Marksmen—The Death of the Lion- Wild Fo^Yl—A long shot—Joas the Gunsmith—The Marksmen—Ain Dahlia—Story of the ..."

2. Camping and Cruising in Florida by James Alexander Henshall (1884)
"A long shot.—Venison galore.—A scientific discussion.—Gall and wormwood.—On. the South Prong.—By land and water.—Turkey and moccasins. ..."

3. The New Africa: A Journey Up the Chobe and Down the Okovanga Rivers; a by Aurel Schulz, August Hammar (1897)
"... to Liana river—Donkeys suffer and die from tsetse fly-bite—Mistake large lion for wildebeest—Lion hunt— Hammar makes a successful long shot— ..."

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