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do a shot

To drink a small amount of alcohol out of a shot glass. (Such a drink is commonly called a "shot.") A: "Come on, do a shot with us!" B: "No thanks, I've had enough to drink."
See also: shot

have a shot at (someone or something)

1. To try something. A: "Do you want to try driving my car, to see how you like it?" B: "Yeah, sure, I'll have a shot at it."
2. To have a chance to achieve, attain, or have success in something. Do you really think I have a shot at winning this thing?
3. To criticize someone or something. Primarily heard in Australia. I had a shot at him this morning, so he already knows I'm unhappy with his proposal.
See also: have, shot

take a shot

To drink a small amount of alcohol out of a shot glass. (Such a drink is commonly called a "shot.") A: "Come on, take a shot with us!" B: "No thanks, I've had enough to drink."
See also: shot, take

take a shot at (someone or something)

To criticize someone or something very harshly; to verbally attack someone, especially in a belittling or demeaning way. I feel bad for taking a shot at his like that, but it was just so dumb that I couldn't resist saying something. I feel like you've been taking shots at me all day—what's your problem? He's not known for his civility, and he's not afraid to take a shot when someone annoys him.
See also: shot, take

have/take a ˈshot (at something/at doing something)

(also give something a ˈshot) (informal) try to do something: We all had a shot at solving the riddle.I don’t know if I’ll be any good at editing the newsletter, but I’ll give it a shot.
See also: have, shot, take

take a shot

verb
See also: shot, take
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