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English definition of “shot”

shot

verb uk   /ʃɒt/ us    /ʃɑːt/
past simple and past participle of shootGuns

shot

noun uk   /ʃɒt/ us    /ʃɑːt/

shot noun (SPORT)

B2 [C] a kick, hit, or throw of the ball that is intended to score points in cricket, football, tennis, or golf: And that was a great shot by Márquez! Murray drove a forehand shot down the line to win the match.General terms used in ball sports

shot noun (WEAPON)

B2 [C] the action of firing a gun or another weapon: He fired four shots at the car as it drove off.Guns a good/poor shot someone who is skilled/not skilled at aiming and firing a gunGuns

shot noun (ATTEMPT)

[C usually singular] informal an attempt to do or achieve something that you have not done before: I thought I'd have a shot at making my own wine. I've never tried bowling before, but I thought I'd give it a shot.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effort

shot noun (FILM)

B2 [C] a photograph: I got/took some really good shots of the harbour at sunset.Photography [C] a short piece in a film in which there is a single action or a short series of actionsCinema - general words

shot noun (AMOUNT OF DRINK)

[C] a small amount of an alcoholic drink: a shot of whiskyAlcohol - general words

shot noun (DRUG)

a shot of sth informal the amount of a drug that is put into the body by a single injection: The doctor gave him a shot of morphine.Medicine in different formsDrugs - general wordsSpecific types of drug

shot noun (METAL BALL)

[C] a heavy metal ball thrown in a sports competition Athletics [U] a mass of small metal balls that are shot from a gun: Shotgun cartridges contain lead shot.Bullets and cartridges

shot

adjective uk   /ʃɒt/ us    /ʃɑːt/

shot adjective (FREE)

get/be shot of sth UK informal to get rid of or free of something, or to leave something: I can't wait to get shot of this office for a week. I suspect he left home to get shot of that awful mother of his.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere

shot adjective (CLOTH)

(of silk) having small threads of a colour in it, so that the main colour appears to change depending on the angle at which the cloth is seen: Her evening dress is made of green shot silk.Words used to describe textiles

shot adjective (DESTROYED)

informal no longer working or effective: It's no good - these gears are shot.Not functioning
(Definition of shot from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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