shot - definition and synonyms


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    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.

    3. c.
      used for referring to someone who regularly shoots, especially relating to how well or how badly they do it
      a good/bad shot:

      Mills was a very good shot.

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    [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.

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    [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.

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    [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.

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    [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.

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    [countable] a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink
    shot of:

    a shot of tequila

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    [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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    [uncountable] small metal balls that are fired from a shotgun
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    [countable] a heavy metal ball that you throw from your shoulder in a sport called the shot put
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