not by a long shot

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - not by a long shot

"not by a long shot"

emphatically not;

not in any way


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - not by a long shot

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  It's six o'clock and I'm ready to go home. The presentation is pretty well finished.

Colleague 2Not by a long shot. We still need graphics for slides three, seven, nine, fourteen and twenty. We haven't chosen a theme. We need to change three of the charts and we absolutely must run through the finished presentation at least three times.

Colleague 1:  I guess it is going to be a late night.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - not by a long shot

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  Well, we've cut out all of the invasive weeds that were infesting our garden. We are good to proceed, right?

HusbandNot by a long shot.

Wife:  What do you mean?

Husband:  If we do not take care of all the roots of the weeds, they will just come back and choke out the garden. We need to dig up the entire yard and hack out all the roots. Then we need to apply vinegar and salt to the entire area. And then we need to wait a year or two for the ground to recover.

Wife:  Oh, my.

not by a long shot - Usage:


not by a long shot - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for not by a long shot.

not by a long shot - Examples:

1)  ... site did not take place in the cool Autumn days -- not by a long shot. The media were permitted onto the launch site on Wednesday, July 27 ...

2)  But their season isn't over yet. Not by a long shot. This morning's qualifier draw has presented the Banner with a fantastic opportunity to ...

3)  They don't want to stop there. Not by a long shot. So the public shouldn't be fooled. Nor should it be fooled ...

4)  Public Schools still aren't out of the woods either, not by a long shot. But the outlines of the deal being forged in Springfield seem to provide as ...

5)  While such a move does not look imminent, not by a long shot; just be a little vigilant.

6)  ... they just don't have the finals experience, not by a long shot -- but it will make for a very good dress rehearsal when their true tilt ...

7)  ... was not the normal welcome an international traveler would receive, not by a long shot, this was the reception reserved only for the most important of VIPs.

8)  It's also not the cheapest drawstring bag out there -- not by a long shot. While the appeal of most drawstring bags is that they're free or inexpensive ...

9)  ... is this the end of this sorry saga? No, not by a long shot. The enmity between the corrupt, acquisitive elite built around ...

10)  ... this year's squad wasn't the country's best, not by a long shot. That being the case, you can't be too harsh on the ...

11)  But that doesn't mean the issue is dead. Not by a long shot.

12)  ... instant answers are not available for all queries, not by a long shot.

13)  But it will not be easy. Not by a long shot.

14)  Everything went slower. He wasn't dim, not by a long shot. But he was meticulous, sometimes maddeningly so.

15)  ... the ICC cases aren't over. Not by a long shot. That's because a case isn't over simply because the judicial process has ...

16)  And it wouldn't be easy. Not by a long shot. Raising millions of dollars is no cake walk, ...

17)  ... are not machines. They are not unbeatable nor invincible, not by a long shot.

18)  ... hope they do, but it's not over yet, not by a long shot.

19)  ... car but it's not the tiniest car ever made - not by a long shot. Though it seats just two people ...

20)  The Dick Pound-led investigation is not over, not by a long shot. Keep watching this space.