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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LONG SHOT

The distance was a fair three hundred yards, which is a long shot--when it is three hundred yards.

"Not by a long shot," replied Dr. Bird promptly as he rose to his feet.

It was a long shot, but the Jerry was lined up neatly in his sight.

Poses as an ignorant laborer, but he's not ignorant by a long shot.

We all thought it was very grand of father to take such a long shot as that.

It was a long shot, much too long for any of the Indians, but not too long for Henry.

"Yes, there the beast is; I will risk a long shot," and he sighted the carbine.

It was a long shot, but he could not wait to take deliberate aim; he fired.

It was a long shot, but once again the bold course had paid.

It is on the first floor, you remember; so I can take a long shot.

WORD ORIGIN

in the figurative sense of "something unlikely," 1867, from long (adj.) + shot (n.). The notion is of a shot at a target from a great distance, thus difficult to make. Cinematic sense is from 1922.

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