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noun British English pronunciation: shot /ʃɒt/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] Sound effect: shot an act of firing a gun
    fire a shot:

    The man fired two shots from a handgun.

    1. a.
      a bullet that is fired from a gun

      The third shot hit the officer in the chest.

    2. b.
      a sound of a gun being fired

      The neighbours say they heard four shots.

  2. 2
    [countable] an act of throwing, hitting, or kicking a ball, or a ball that has been thrown, hit, or kicked

    You get tired and you start playing bad shots.

    That was another fine shot from Tiger Woods.

    shot at:

    They didn't manage to get a single shot at our goal.

  3. 3
    [countable] cinema a view of something that you have because of the position of the camera in films, television, or photographs
    a close-up shot (=with the camera very close to something):

    Viewers can see a close-up shot of the artist's hands.

    an opening shot (=what you see first in a film or television programme):

    The opening shot is of a man walking across a field.

    1. a.
      informal a photograph

      Harold took a great shot of the dogs playing together.

  4. 4
    [countable] informal a chance or attempt to do or get something
    shot at:

    This is her first shot at an international title.

    have/get a shot at something:

    We had a shot at bringing the ship round into the harbour.

    give something your best shot (=try as hard as you can to do something):

    Give it your best shot – that's all you can do.

  5. 5
    [countable] informal something that you say or do as an attack
    an opening shot (=something that begins an argument or fight):

    It was the opening shot in the battle for control of the company.

  6. 7
    [countable] an injection of a drug (=when it is put into your body using a needle) given as a medical treatment
    have/get a shot:

    When is the last time you had a tetanus shot?

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