a shot in the dark


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a shot in the dark

1. A guess or estimate with very little or no assurance as to its accuracy. Well, this is just a shot in the dark, but I'm going to say that the answer to the question is 52.
2. An attempt that is not expected to succeed or has very little chance of working. It was really just a shot in the dark when I tried to fix our washing machine, but I was actually able to get it working again on my first try!
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a shot in the dark

an attempt to do something without knowing much about it When I applied for the scholarship, it was just a shot in the dark – I had no idea how important and competitive it was.
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a shot in the dark

an attempt to guess something when you have no information or knowledge about it The whole theory is a shot in the dark - no-one will ever take us seriously.
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