a shot in the arm

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a shot in the arm

"a shot in the arm"

a strong positive influence which gives encouragement or energy


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a shot in the arm

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  How is it going in English Lit class? I know you have been struggling with grades of Cs and Ds. Are you still thinking of dropping the class?

Student 2:  I think I am feeling much more encouraged. I just got a paper back from the professor and I received and A-minus.

Student 1:  That's a shot in the arm.

Student 2:  Yes. I feel there is hope for me in that class. I will keep working at it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a shot in the arm

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you heard the announcement that the government is drastically reducing tariffs?

Colleague 2:  Our export business really needed a shot in the arm.

Colleague 1:  And these reduced tariffs are just what the business needed to increase sales abroad.

a shot in the arm - Usage:


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a shot in the arm - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a shot in the arm.

a shot in the arm - Examples:

1)  This comes despite hopes that the Brexit-hit pound would deliver a shot in the arm to manufacturers by making British goods more attractive to overseas buyers. 

2)  ... farmers and graziers a shot in the arm, and provide the country with a more vibrant and much larger food export industry ...

3)  Cash-starved handloom sector received a shot in the arm when the Government of India (GoI) launched' hassle-free' loan scheme for ...

4)  ... and women's sport in general will receive a shot in the arm with the launch of the inaugural Premier Hockey League (PHL).

5)  ... 78 million Facebook followers, giving Kenya's recovering tourism industry a shot in the arm.

6)  It was Jospehine's first major order and proved to be a shot in the arm for her entrepreneurial endeavours.

7)  ... suggested that marketing campaign might need a shot in the arm.

8)  ... can be considered a Trans Asia Rail line, will be a shot in the arm for the connectivity in the region.

9)  ... it's really been a bit of a shot in the arm with a fresh perspective and some fresh sounds to challenge ourselves with.

10)  This ruling will also prove to be a shot in the arm for the environmental justice movement, as advocates now can present financial data, making ...

11)  ... investment rather than keeping it in reserve, which would provide a shot in the arm to eurozone economic growth.

12)  Education, while getting a shot in the arm at the secondary level, needs more investment. primary education should be the main ...

13)  Rio Olympics has proved a shot in the arm to the restaurant business in Brazil. Huge numbers of stalls are attracting tourists to ...

14)  ... for stronger growth over the latter half of the year gave a shot in the arm to chances of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates by year-end.

15)  What a city like Jalandhar needs is a shot in the arm to speed things up.

16)  Investors are hoping that the MPC's stimulus package will provide a shot in the arm for the stock market.

17)  ... this slower rate of job creation could finally give a shot in the arm to labor force participation and worker earnings.

18)  This new facility is a shot in the arm for our economy as it will boost efficiency and speed in the movement of passengers.

19)  Golf in Hong Kong received a shot in the arm with 22-year-old amateur Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching qualifying for next month's Olympic Games at Rio.

20)  ... need a shot in the arm with more police officers and detectives.