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long shot

1. A bet that has a low probability of winning. That horse is a long shot, but the bet will pay well if he wins the race.
2. Something that has a very small chance of succeeding. I know it's a long shot because of his busy schedule, but maybe I can convince him to help me with this project. Her candidacy was a long shot from the beginning, and her landslide defeat was no surprise.
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*long shot

Fig. a risky bet; an attempt, bet, or proposition that has a low probability of success. (*Typically: be ~; seem like ~.) Your solution is a long shot, but we'll try it and hope it works.
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long shot, a

A remote possibility of success, as in It's a long shot that Joan will actually finish the marathon, or He may be a good programmer, but he's a long shot for that job. This expression alludes to the inaccuracy of early firearms, which when shot over a distance rarely hit the target. It is commonly used in horseracing for a bet made at great odds. A related phrase is not by a long shot, meaning "not even remotely," as in I'll never make it to California in three days, not by a long shot. [Late 1800s]
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a long shot

1. If you describe a way of solving a problem as a long shot, you mean that there is little chance that it will succeed, but you think it is worth trying. You could try to find her. It's a long shot but you could start with the phone book.
2. You can also say that something is a long shot when it is very unlikely to happen. It seemed such a long shot, me walking over the hills, and seeing you at the end of it. Compare with by a long shot. Note: The reference here is to someone shooting at a target from a very long distance.
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a ˈlong shot

(informal) an attempt or a guess which you do not expect to be successful but which is worth trying: Try ringing him at home. It’s a long shot, I know, but he might just be there.‘Are you going to apply for the manager’s job?’ ‘I don’t know. It’s a bit of a long shot, isn’t it?’A long shot is a shot fired from a long distance and so unlikely to hit its target.
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long shot

n. a wild guess; an attempt at something that has little chance of succeeding. You shouldn’t expect a long shot to pay off.
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long shot, (not by) a

(Not) a remote chance. Early firearms were notoriously inaccurate, and a shot from a distance rarely hit the target. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries a long shot meant just that, a shot fired from afar. By the late nineteenth century the term had been transferred to other improbable circumstances, such as a wild guess or, more specifically, a bet against considerable odds. From about 1865, however, it also meant far-fetched, as in this OED citation from Young Gentleman’s Magazine (1873): “This did not, however, suit her long-shot tactics.”
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Here are today's tips and do the long shots for small stakes.
Jamie Spencer got in on the long shots act on the day he was crowned champion jockey, booting 33-1 chance Strawberry Dale home in the fillies' listed event.
But the putting surface, they add, is very receptive to long shots and usually holds the ball well.
Here are my top tips and please do the long shots for low stakes.
With the big clubs on a break this week is a tough one but here are the top tips and long shots.
To the embarrassment of Lord's, England remain the only major Test-playing nation never to win one - and bookies William Hill rate them 12-1 long shots to end the drought.
5 (3-1, Coral) HOMES Man City -1 Derby, Burnley Millwall, Ayr Perm any 4 and all 5 (Five 17-1, William Hill) BOTH TO SCORE Wolfsburg v Bayer Excelsior v Vitesse Newport v N'hampton (7-2, McBookie) LONG SHOTS AWAYS West Ham, Hull Ross Co, Annan Perm any 3 and all 4 (47-1, Betfred) DRAWS Preston v Bolton Reading v Brighton Notts Co v Portsmouth Hamilton v St J'stone Perm any 3 and all 4 (Four 149-1, McBookie) BONKERS BET Man City 5, Norwich 1 (33-1, McBookie) SUPERSINGLE TAKING a chance with on-form Crawley in the early League One game at home to York.
It's another busy weekend and here are my selections - the long shots should be done for low stakes.
TOP TREBLE Man City -1, Hearts Sevilla v Barca btts (3-1, Coral) HOMES Derby, Wycombe Hearts, Raith, E Fife Perm any 4 and all 5 (Five 21-1, William Hill) SCOTS BOTH TO SCORE Aberdeen v St J'stone Ross County v ICT St Mirren v Alloa (11-2, McBookie) ENG BOTH TO SCORE Norwich v Leicester Bristol City v MK Dons Colchester v Bury (4-1, 10Bet) LONG SHOTS AWAYS West Ham, Stoke Luton, Dundee Utd Perm any 3 and all 4 (Four 51-1, bet365) DRAWS B'mouth v Watford Reading v Middlesbro Norwich v Leicester Colchester v Bury Perm any 3 and all 4 (Four 153-1, McBookie) BONKERS BET Man City 3, Newcastle 0 (8-1, McBookie) SUPERSINGLE WEST HAM have caught my attention all week and I can't refuse them at 7-5 at Sunderland to keep up their 100 per cent away record.
TOP TREBLE Rangers -1, R Madrid -2 Leicester not to lose (11-4, Coral) HOMES Bury, Shrewbury Plymouth, Ross Co Morecambe Perm any 4 and all 5 (Four 53-1, McBookie) SCOTS BOTH TO SCORE Airdrie v Ayr Cowdenbeath v Forfar Berwick v Annan (11-4, bet365) ENG BOTH TO SCORE Colchester v Gillingham Peterboro v Walsall Wimbledon v Notts Co (41-10, McBookie) 1ST SCORER Chris Martin is 11-2 for Derby on Monday LONG SHOTS AWAYS Leicester, Cardiff Falkirk, Hibs Perm any 3 and all 4 (Four 19-1, William Hill) DRAWS Aston Villa v WBA Hull v QPR Peterboro v Walsall Dundee Utd v ICT Perm any 3 and all 4 (Four 136-1, McBookie) BONKERS BET Alloa 0, Hibs 3 (11-1, Paddy Power)
Here are my top tips and remember to play the long shots for low stakes.
TOP TREBLE Man City -1, Aberdeen Dunfermline (3-1, Skybet) HOMES Chelsea, Man City -1 Plymouth, Ross Co Dunfermline (11-1, Coral) EURO TREBLE Borussia Dortmund Ajax, PSG (all Sun) (5-2, Coral) LONG SHOTS BOTH TO SCORE B'mouth v Leicester St Mirren v Livingston Annan v Montrose (9-2, Betfred) AWAYS Walsall, Aberdeen Peterhead Rangers (Sun) (12-1, Ladbrokes) DRAWS Stoke v West Brom Derby v Leeds (12.