Definition of a shot (or stab) in the dark in English:

a shot (or stab) in the dark

phrase

  • An act whose outcome cannot be foreseen; a guess.

    ‘their experiments were little more than shots in the dark’
    • ‘This may be a shot in the dark, but to me I see the emerging trend and I see it in one capitalist icon; Wal-Mart.’
    • ‘I'll whisper this in case it is too much of a shot in the dark but I believe West Indies will win at least one Test in England.’
    • ‘Liz thought he was vaguely familiar and took a stab in the dark where she had seen him from.’
    • ‘But, I'd bet everyone here at Pro Football Weekly and any self-respecting football writer at any other worthy publication hopefully knows predictions are a shot in the dark.’
    • ‘I took a stab in the dark: probably Belinda, from the description Attila'd given me.’
    • ‘Just a shot in the dark really, I didn't expect it to work…’
    • ‘The Oxford Declaration was not a shot in the dark or an isolated incident.’
    • ‘A bit of a shot in the dark this one, but you never know…’
    • ‘She knew it was a shot in the dark, and Nic probably figured that the conversation was heading that way.’
    • ‘Banning smoking in bars and restaurants is unprecedented, so in many ways it's a shot in the dark.’
    • ‘Even if you are truly ambitious, it's a mistake to apply for jobs which are too much of a shot in the dark.’
    • ‘If it was a shot in the dark, it was uncannily accurate: there are many common Irish names, most of which would come more readily to the tongue.’
    • ‘Here again, you should gather as much information as possible instead of taking a shot in the dark.’
    • ‘Granted, this is all a bit of a shot in the dark, but there is a third possibility.’
    • ‘‘Lemmie guess’ said Jamie ‘and I'm just taking a stab in the dark here, but are you a cheerleader?’’
    • ‘Those were all questions that Airen couldn't rightly answer without guessing or taking a stab in the dark, but at least Airen tried.’
    • ‘It is a shot in the dark, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.’
    • ‘So it is really just a stab in the dark sometimes from the Met Office.’
    • ‘Everything else is guess-work: a stab in the dark.’
    • ‘I know this is a shot in the dark, but, why don't you go out with him?’
    guess, random guess, wild guess, surmise, supposition, conjecture, speculation, theorizing
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