a shot in the arm

a shot in the arm

1. Literally, an injection of drugs. This phrase can refer to both legal and illegal substances. Once the nurse gives you a shot in the arm, you'll feel better, I promise.
2. Something that revitalizes, reinvigorates, or encourages someone or something. The chief's unexpected praise really gave my floundering project a shot in the arm.
3. A drink of alcohol. After a long week like this, I need a shot in the arm—want to meet me at the bar?
See also: arm, shot

shot in the arm

 
1. Lit. an injection of medicine. The doctor administered the antidote to the poison by a shot in the arm.
2. Fig. a boost or act of encouragement. The pep talk was a real shot in the arm for all the guys. The good test grade was a shot in the arm for Gary.
3. Fig. a drink of liquor. I could use a little shot in the arm. How about a little shot in the arm, bartender?
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shot in the arm, a

A stimulus or booster, something vitalizing or encouraging, as in Getting a new concertmaster was a real shot in the arm for the orchestra. This colloquial expression alludes to a stimulant given by injection. [c. 1920]
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a shot in the arm

INFORMAL
COMMON A shot in the arm is something that gives help and encouragement at a time when it is needed. Having a member of the royal family taking part in the sport has provided a massive shot in the arm. Last weekend's Gold Coast Boat Show has proved a shot in the arm for the marine industry. Note: A `shot' is an injection, in this case an injection of a drug that stimulates you.
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a shot in the arm

stimulus or encouragement. informal
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a shot in the ˈarm

(informal) a thing or an action that gives somebody/something new energy, help or encouragement or provides a quick solution to a problem: The discovery of gas reserves was a much-needed shot in the arm for the economy.This phrase refers to an injection of a drug.
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shot in the arm

1. n. a drink of liquor. I could use a little shot in the arm.
2. n. an injection of narcotics. (The same as bang in the arm.) You might say that I really needed this shot in the arm.
3. n. a boost or act of encouragement. The pep talk was a real shot in the arm for all the guys.
See also: arm, shot

shot in the arm

Informal
Something that boosts one's spirits.
See also: arm, shot