a long shot

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a long shot

"a long shot"

something that will probably not succeed but is worth trying


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a long shot

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What do think my chances are of getting our five-million-dollar lost client back?

Colleague 2:  It's a long shot.

Colleague 1:  Why do you say that?

Colleague 2:  The client was extremely upset when they fired us. It is very doubtful that you could ever convince them to trust us again.

Colleague 1:  But for that kind of money, it is worth trying, even if the chances are slim.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a long shot

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  The big marathon race is tomorrow. I really hope that I can finish in the top ten.

Friend 2:  That's a long shot.

Friend 1:  I know that some of the best runners in the world will be competing but I have been training hard and my times are good. I can only go out and try my best no matter my chances.

Friend 2:  I will be cheering for you regardless.

Friend 1:  Thanks.

a long shot - Usage:


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a long shot - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a long shot.

a long shot - Examples:

1)  ... far cheaper options, and competitors offering free content means online subscription is a long shot. Newspapers seem destined for extinction.

2)  It's a long shot that Clinton will be able to claw back a statistically significant amount of the blue-collar ...

3)  ... a location in the Melbourne CBD for years but we knew it was a long shot to find a site of this scale with so much potential. 

4)  Would love to make the final, but it's possibly a long shot. I'll be happy with a personal best or a good race.

5)  ... of government, to buy the rest. 'A bit of a long shot'. That's a major hurdle, as the city does not buy land ...

6)  Basically, it's going to be a bit of a long shot to make it happen, but the only chance of it happening is if they ...

7)  ... understands that hopes need to be tempered. Winning a medal is a long shot. I'm not even thinking about that.

8)  Both Clintons had initially dismissed Sanders' candidacy as a long shot. "He's a socialist!" she had said incredulously when someone in ...

9)  It seems Tiger Woods still has a shot at reclaiming lost glory -- a long shot. When he had a second back operation in the fall of 2015, ...

10)  She's a long shot, but you never know!

11)  His campaign is still the definition of a long shot. Past experience suggests it is all but impossible for a third party to take ...

12)  It's a long shot, but it's great to have the possibility.

13)  This does seem like a long shot but that doesn't mean it won't happen.

14)  ... main goal of winning the election of 2016 is a long shot, a far cry from actualization!

15)  Playoffs are still a long shot for the first timers, ...

16)  "It seemed like a long shot, but gave it a try anyway," he said.

17)  I know this is a long shot, given the series' past endeavors, but this is my dream list, ...

18)  ... hoping just to make the playoffs in 2016. Even that was considered a long shot by some.

19)  ... possible she'll become a victim of her own plan. It's a long shot, but there's a chance.

20)  ... adores dramatic summer kite festivals. Boily's first Bali-inspired shop was a long shot in freezing Winnipeg, but it was the product of a love affair.