Meaning of long shot

long' shot"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a horse, team, etc., that has little chance of winning and carries long odds.
  2. an attempt or undertaking that offers much but in which there is little chance for success.
  3. a camera shot taken at a relatively great distance from the subject and permitting a broad view of a scene. Cf. closeup (def. 2),
  4. by any means; by a measurable degree: They haven't finished by a long shot.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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