One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Golf. A hole of which the green can be reached with a single drive or shot.
2An event which occurs only once or rarely; (also, now chiefly Law) a person who litigates once or only rarely, as opposed to a company, etc., regularly involved in litigation. Compare repeat player s.v. repeatnoun.
1920s; earliest use found in The Times. From one-shot + -er.
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