long shot

Idiom

long shot

Definition

A long shot is an attempt that is unlikely to succeed, or a difficult goal that is difficult to achieve.

Examples

I think it’s a long shot, but I’m going to try to get a job at Google.

She entered the competition, but it’s a long shot that she’ll win.

Origin

This phrase is believed to have originated from gambling, where a ‘long shot’ is a bet with a low probability of success.

FAQs

What does the phrase ‘long shot’ mean?

A long shot is an attempt that is unlikely to succeed, or a difficult goal that is difficult to achieve.

Where does the phrase ‘long shot’ come from?

This phrase is believed to have originated from gambling, where a ‘long shot’ is a bet with a low probability of success.