Definition of (not) by a long shot in English:

(not) by a long shot


  • (not) by far or at all.

    ‘she had not told Rory everything, not by a long shot’
    • ‘Small business is the key to prosperity and is the State's largest employer by a long shot.’
    • ‘This mystifying one was our favourite by a long shot.’
    • ‘We're barely into April and the serious hurling hasn't started by a long shot yet.’
    • ‘We don't have our act together in Washington by a long shot.’
    • ‘In 2003, the difference amounted to €7.7 billion, making Germany the biggest net contributor by a long shot.’