take a shot at (someone or something)(redirected from taking shots)
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."
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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take a shotverb
take a shot (at something)
tv. to try (to do) something. I don’t think I can do it, but I’ll take a shot at it.
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