Meaning of SHOT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ʃɒt ]

( shots)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Shot is the past tense and past participle of shoot .


A shot is an act of firing a gun.

He had murdered Perceval at point blank range with a single shot...

A man fired a volley of shots at them.



Someone who is a good shot can shoot well. Someone who is a bad shot cannot shoot well.

He was not a particularly good shot because of his eyesight.

N-COUNT : adj N


In sports such as football, golf, or tennis, a shot is an act of kicking, hitting, or throwing the ball, especially in an attempt to score a point.

He had only one shot at goal.



A shot is a photograph or a particular sequence of pictures in a film.

...a shot of a fox peering from the bushes...



If you have a shot at something, you attempt to do it. ( INFORMAL )

The heavyweight champion will be given a shot at Holyfield’s world title.

N-COUNT : usu sing , usu N at n


A shot of a drug is an injection of it.

He administered a shot of Nembutal.

N-COUNT : usu N of n


A shot of a strong alcoholic drink is a small glass of it. ( AM )

...a shot of vodka.



If you give something your best shot , you do it as well as you possibly can. ( INFORMAL )

I don’t expect to win. But I am going to give it my best shot.

PHRASE : V inflects


The person who calls the shots is in a position to tell others what to do.

The directors call the shots and nothing happens without their say-so.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you do something like a shot , you do it without any delay or hesitation. ( INFORMAL )

I heard the key turn in the front door and I was out of bed like a shot...

PHRASE : PHR after v


If you describe something as a long shot , you mean that it is unlikely to succeed, but is worth trying.

The deal was a long shot, but Bagley had little to lose...

PHRASE : v-link PHR


People sometimes use the expression by a long shot to emphasize the opinion they are giving.

The missile-reduction treaty makes sweeping cuts, but the arms race isn’t over by a long shot.

PHRASE [ emphasis ]


If something is shot through with an element or feature, it contains a lot of that element or feature.

This is an argument shot through with inconsistency.

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR n


a shot in the dark: see dark

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