take a shot at

take a shot at someone or something

 
1. to fire a shot at someone or something. The hunter took a shot at the deer. Who took a shot at my mailbox?
2. Go to a try at something.
See also: shot, take

take a shot at something

also have a shot at something
to make an attempt to do something give something a shot I wasn't sure of the answer, but I thought I'd take a shot at it anyway. He's proven himself to be a talented actor and now he's having a shot at directing.
Related vocabulary: give something a whirl
See also: shot, take