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English definition of “shot”

shot

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

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.

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. a good/poor shot someone who is skilled/not skilled at aiming and firing a gun

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.

shot noun (FILM)

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

shot noun (AMOUNT OF DRINK)

[C] a small amount of an alcoholic drink: a shot of whisky

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.

shot noun (METAL BALL)

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

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.

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.

shot adjective (DESTROYED)

informal no longer working or effective: It's no good - these gears are shot.
(Definition of shot from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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