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- in betting, a choice that has only a slight chance of winning and, hence, carries great odds
- Informal any venture with only a slight chance of success, but offering great rewards if successful
- a scene shot with or as with the camera at some distance from the subject or action
long shot Idioms
not by a long shot
Informal absolutely not; by no means
- An entry, as in a horserace, with only a slight chance of winning.
- a. A bet made at great odds.b. A venture that offers a great reward if successful but has very little chance of success.
- A photograph or a movie shot in which the subject appears small or distant in relation to the rest of the image.
(plural long shots)
- (idiomatic, nautical) Something unlikely; something that has little chance of happening or working. The term arose from the accuracy of early ship guns, which were effective only at close range and unlikely to hit the mark at any great distance.
- We can try your plan, but it's a long shot and it probably won't work.
- (film) A master shot, the primary wide shot of a scene into which the closeups will be edited later.