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noun shot pronunciation in British English /ʃɒt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] 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. 6
    [countable] a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink
    shot of: a shot of tequila
  7. 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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