shot in the dark

Idiom

shot in the dark

Definition

This phrase is used to describe a situation in which somebody takes a guess or makes an attempt when they have no real idea of what the outcome will be.

Examples

I took a shot in the dark and applied for the job, hoping I would get a call back.

We decided to take a shot in the dark and invest in the new technology, even though we weren’t sure it would pan out.

Origin

The origin of this phrase comes from the practice of hunters in the 1800s who would shoot randomly into the night, hoping to hit their target.

FAQs

Q

What does ‘shot in the dark’ mean?

A

This phrase is used to describe a situation in which somebody takes a guess or makes an attempt when they have no real idea of what the outcome will be.