Definition of a shot in the arm in English:

a shot in the arm

phrase

informal
  • An encouraging stimulus.

    ‘the movie was a real shot in the arm for our crew’
    • ‘‘This award is a shot in the arm but we have a long way to go,’ she says.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Science City York received a shot in the arm from the Government's improved commitment to research and development.’
    • ‘But now that the boom is over, the state needs a shot in the arm even more.’
    • ‘The initiative received a shot in the arm with officials of various departments coming forward to coordinate the activities.’
    • ‘A shot in the arm for North Bay will be a shot in the arm for Scarborough.’
    • ‘Of course, the year, 1999, was a shot in the arm for the department as the Government itself declared it a ‘year of communal harmony’.’
    • ‘Maria's win at Wimbledon was a shot in the arm for women's tennis and generated real excitement.’
    • ‘Musically, it's a shot in the arm for Eurovision.’
    • ‘That should be a shot in the arm to the tourism industry.’
    • ‘The visitors were now seven points in arrears, 1-6 to 0-2, and badly in need of a shot in the arm.’
    boost, fillip, pick-me-up, tonic, stimulus, spur, push, impetus, encouragement
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