to have a shot at

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - have a shot at

"to have a shot at"

to have the opportunity to;

to try to do something


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - have a shot at

"to have a shot at"

to criticize


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - have a shot at

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I see the regional manager position has become available. Are you going to apply?

Colleague 2:  I'm not sure if I have a chance.

Colleague 1:  You should.  You have all the right qualifications and you have worked for the company long enough.

Colleague 2:  Do you think I have a shot at it?

Colleague 1:  I think it is a real opportunity for you.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - have a shot at

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  That politician is such an idiot. She keeps changing her stand on policies and she wears too much makeup.

Friend 2:  Why are you having a shot at her?

Friend 1:  Because it is my right to criticize politicians if I don't like them.

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to have a shot at - Gerund Form:

Having a shot at driving a car when you are a teenager is a right of passage.

Having a shot at your boss behind his back may get you in trouble.

to have a shot at - Examples:

1)  When Hollywood rediscovers storytelling, they'll have a shot at recovery, and not one moment before.

2)  Everybody doesn't really have a shot at growing up to be president. That was never true.

3)  ... leave the corporate world and start your own company, you will also have a shot at a top program, so go for it!

4)  ... have to behave like your job interview best for six months so you have a shot at something when you graduate college.

5)  ... but I think I have a shot at a summer clerkship with a medium size firm not far from here.

6)  ... higher proportion is in favor of doing something about ensuring that more people have a shot at climbing the economic ladder than is in favor of reducing poverty or inequality.

7)  If your daughter gets into one of those schools, she may have a shot at an affordable education.

8)  If Obama loses in 2012, the country may have a shot at turning the economy around.

9)  I have children, and want them to at least have a shot at a better life than I have.

10)  You're going to need to master this addictive game in order to have a shot at one of our amazing prizes.

11)  I am not having a shot at anyone but the story's mention of stress leave muddies the issue a little ...

12)  Yet most of them, like the Muslims you were having a shot at, were born in this country.

13)  So please note I'm not having a shot at the mathematics, or the endeavor.

14)  I'm not having a shot at any AntiSpyware program in particular - but sometimes I think that the programs are ...

15)   I'm having a shot at a little formatting -- please forgive if it doesn't come out right.

16)  He had a shot at the title both times but a stinky second round kept sinking him.

17)  Isn't it time you had a shot at dying for your country?

18)  Stenhouse hinted he might have had a shot at beating Logano and Vickers for the win if not for Sadler's wreck.

19)  I thought he had a shot at it. He was carrying that type of stuff. He had all four ...

20)  ... and he had a shot at one of the most influential culture jobs in the country, as director of ...