shot Definition

  • 1the act of firing a gun or other weapon
  • 2an attempt to hit a target with a projectile
  • 3an injection of medicine or vaccine

Using shot: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shot" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He took a shot at the target and missed.

  • Example

    The police officer fired a warning shot in the air.

  • Example

    I need to get a flu shot before winter.

shot Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for shot

Antonyms for shot

Idioms Using shot

  • call the shots

    to be in charge or make the decisions


    The CEO calls the shots at this company.

  • a guess or estimate that is not based on any facts or evidence


    I don't know the answer, but I'll take a shot in the dark and say it's option B.

  • a warning or threat given to someone to stop doing something


    The government issued a shot across the bow to the company, warning them to stop their illegal activities.

Phrases with shot

  • to try something, usually for the first time


    I've never played tennis before, but I'll give it a shot.

  • a very unlikely chance of success


    It's a long shot, but I'm going to apply for the job anyway.

  • an unfair or unsportsmanlike remark or action


    Making fun of someone's appearance is a cheap shot.

Origins of shot

from Old English 'sceotan', meaning 'to shoot'


Summary: shot in Brief

The term 'shot' [ʃɑt] refers to firing a weapon or attempting to hit a target with a projectile. It can also refer to an injection of medicine or vaccine. Common phrases include 'give it a shot,' meaning to try something new, and 'long shot,' meaning a very unlikely chance of success. Idioms include 'call the shots,' meaning to be in charge, and 'shot in the dark,' meaning a guess without evidence.

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