give it (one's) best shot(redirected from gave it his best shot)
give it (one's) best shot
To put forth one's best effort in an attempt to do or accomplish something. Henry gave it his best shot, but the board still denied his proposal.
give it one's best shot
Make one's hardest or most enthusiastic attempt, as in I don't know if I can do it, but I'll give it my best shot. This expression employs shot in the sense of "attempt," a usage dating from the mid-1700s.