a shot in the dark



Idiom Definition

"a shot in the dark"

a wild guess;

an attempt to do something when there is little chance of success

Idiom Definition - a shot in the dark - a wild guess; an attempt to do something when there is little chance of success

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a shot in the dark - a wild guess; an attempt to do something when there is little chance of success

Walter and George are talking about a recent exam they took ... 

Walter:  Wow.  That exam was really difficult.    

George:  Ya, I couldn't believe it, especially the last question. 

Walter:  I had no idea what the answer was.   

George:  Me, neither.  I had to make a guess.   

Walter:  Me, too.  I just took a shot in the dark.   



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a shot in the dark - a wild guess; an attempt to do something when there is little chance of success

Brian and Craig are talking about a recent investment that Brian had made ... 

Craig:  I heard about your recent success with your investment.

Brian:  It turned out really well.  I made a good deal of money.   

Craig:  That's awesome.  How did you know which company to invest in? 

Brian:  I didn't really know.  The investment was a shot in the dark.   


Sunday Fun Idiom

"a shot in the dark"

Sunday Fun Idiom - a shot in the dark






a shot in the dark - Usage:

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a shot in the dark - Gerund Form:

Taking a shot in the dark can sometimes be successful.


a shot in the dark - Examples:

1)  I take a shot in the dark when there is no other option.

2)  You take a shot in the dark when there is no other option.

3)  He takes a shot in the dark when there is no other option.

4)  She takes a shot in the dark when there is no other option.

5)  It is a shot in the dark when you buy a lottery ticket.

6)  We take a shot in the dark when there is no other option.

7)  You (all) take a shot in the dark when there is no other option.

8)  They take a shot in the dark when there is no other option.

9)  This usually has to be a shot in the dark, because most RSIs are not clearly associated with any known biomechanical problem.

10)  It's a shot in the dark, but not impossible.

11)  I can hardly believe it; it was a shot in the dark to get this job and yet I got it.

12)  This is at best a shot in the dark, and I'll be surprised if they break even on it.

13)  Is it fair to say this was just a shot in the dark? There was nothing to work with.

14)  It was kind of a shot in the dark, involving us poking around on the web for Southern-style recipes.

15)  Either that proposal is shot in the dark for funding or it's for actual intended use is for influencing domestic opinion.

16)  Faith in anything is still a shot in the dark. All you can do is hope you get lucky and pick the right one.

17)  I had to try it. It was definitely a shot in the dark, but if I had no guts, I knew I would have no glory.

18)  It's like firing a shot in the dark and hoping I hit the target. 

19)  I am going to take a wild shot in the dark and guess that you are not a medical professional.

20)  I suspect Matt has released a shot in the dark to gather some feedback.