take a shot at

take a shot (at someone or something)

1. To fire a weapon at someone or something. I took a shot at the target but didn't even come close. The officer took a shot into the air above the suspect as a warning.
2. To attempt or try something. I don't know that I'll be able to do much better, but I'll take a shot. Give me the controller—I'll take a shot at beating the boss.
See also: shot, someone, 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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