Main definitions of shot in English

: shot1shot2



  • 1The firing of a gun or cannon.

    ‘he brought down a caribou with a single shot to the neck’
    figurative ‘the opening shots have been fired in a legal battle over repairs’
    • ‘The gunmen on foot then proceeded to the swimming pool, where a party was going on, and fired several shots.’
    • ‘They use hunting rifles and home-made pistols that fire a single shot.’
    • ‘The firing squad usually fires at least three shots - at the neck, waist and ankle, he said.’
    • ‘Even for the regular troops, single shots are now favored over emptying a 30 round magazine with fully automatic fire.’
    • ‘She held a musket and fired several shots, each hitting their marks.’
    • ‘When he didn't hear a single shot fired, Ben chanced a look behind him and saw Jen running after him.’
    • ‘And the cannon shots accompanying the cremations are enough to give one a heart attack.’
    • ‘On seeing the weapon the men fled, firing three shots.’
    • ‘Witnesses told officers that the youths had fled the scene on a motorcycle after firing five shots.’
    • ‘Consider firing warning shots, or shoot to disable the vehicle if the threat persists.’
    • ‘Before the Hmong came to America, the death of a family member was announced by firing three shots into the air.’
    • ‘Carter recommended firing two aimed shots to establish where the rifle is hitting.’
    • ‘The last images Dana captured on tape depict a U.S. tank coming toward him firing several shots.’
    • ‘He is not counting his shots, just firing as fast as he can to stop the deadly thing that is coming toward him.’
    • ‘In fact, it turns out that her weapon jammed and she didn't fire a single shot.’
    • ‘Indonesian police fired warning shots, tear gas and water cannon to try and disperse the crowd.’
    • ‘Cursing himself for being so stupid, Bryce took aim and fired a single shot at the man's left leg.’
    • ‘As the bandit was fleeing, Boodram reportedly pulled out a licensed firearm and fired several shots.’
    • ‘Therefore in one moment the commandos may eliminate an enemy guard without firing a single shot.’
    • ‘He dodged the anti-fighter cannon shots coming from the surface of the frigate.’
    report, crack, bang, blast, explosion, discharge
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    1. 1.1 An attempt to hit a target by shooting.
      ‘he asked me if I would like to have a shot at a pheasant’
      • ‘They all had fifty shots at the targets and the twelve contestants with the highest score on the day qualified to represent the county on Saturday next.’
    2. 1.2[with modifier] The range of a gun or cannon.
      ‘six more desperadoes came galloping up and halted just out of rifle shot’
    3. 1.3 A critical or aggressive remark.
      ‘Paul tried one last shot—“You realize what you want will cost more money?”’
      • ‘A lot of people criticize you, take shots at you, but that is our job.’
      • ‘I believe that was a shot at those of us who criticize bilingual education, but it was hard to tell.’
    4. 1.4[with adjective] A person with a specified level of ability in shooting.
      ‘he was an excellent shot at short and long distances’
      • ‘The second, while not a competitor, is an excellent shot and a genuine professional.’
      • ‘The problem with shooting is that to kill a Fox without it suffering you would need an excellent shot.’
      • ‘Worse yet, your opponents are unbelievably excellent shots who almost never miss.’
      marksman, markswoman, shooter, rifleman
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  • 2A hit, stroke, or kick of the ball in sports such as basketball, tennis, or golf.

    ‘his partner pulled off a winning backhand shot’
    • ‘Rallies last far longer than in tennis - about 10 shots more on average - and the shuttle is in play for roughly double the time.’
    • ‘What follows is one of the most famous shots in golf history and almost certainly the tournament clincher.’
    • ‘He sets up scenes of surreal brilliance, like the estranged husband practising tennis shots in an empty swimming pool, while his wife entertains her masseur in the bedroom.’
    • ‘During afternoons in the school year, when the weather was good, I hit hundreds of nine-iron shots on a football field near our home.’
    • ‘His refusal to go down often results in defenders getting extra shots at the ball.’
    stroke, hit, strike
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    1. 2.1 An attempt to drive a ball into a goal; an attempt to score.
      ‘he took a shot that the goalie stopped’
      • ‘Two Ilkley penalty shots at goal were agonisingly just wide, but they were hanging on.’
      • ‘With five minutes to go Ballymote got a fifth goal as McGrath scored with a powerful shot.’
      • ‘Zane Keenan took a shot at goal but thanks to a brilliant save by our goalie Justin Brophy this did not go in.’
      • ‘Billy Barron scored his second goal of the game when he shot home with an excellent shot following a cross from Kevin Foley.’
      • ‘Clonaslee fought back hard and came close to scoring when Patrick O'Brien hit the post from a long range shot.’
      • ‘McCartney took a shot on goal but it rebounded back to him off a defender.’
      • ‘James Mordey missed a superb chance for the Terrors just before the half hour mark when his close range shot sailed wide of the left upright.’
      • ‘Then on 65 minutes, Kinsella scored another with an excellent shot from outside the box.’
      • ‘The second half saw Windermere create more shots at goal with Helen Telford coming close to scoring.’
      • ‘Lockhart took the early lead with a single shot and levelled again with another single in the third, following a two by Ewart in the second end.’
      • ‘Italy have had plenty of shots at goal but all from distance; other than Totti's miss, they haven't created a real chance.’
      • ‘Fiona Nolan had an excellent game down the left wing with Karen Purcell and McGlinchey getting several shots on goal, but not scoring.’
      • ‘He allowed six goals on 18 shots before he was replaced by Manny Fernandez in the third period.’
      • ‘For seven minutes, fate smiled on Liverpool and, with three shots on goal, Milan's advantage was nullified.’
      • ‘While they were tossing the coin Andrew was taken to the goal where he took four penalty shots at David James scoring twice.’
      • ‘Reuser is just inches wide with a terrific long range shot.’
      • ‘McEvilly teed up midfielder Ged Brannan for a decent long range shot that goalkeeper Andy Ralph stopped.’
      • ‘I've never known a game to have so many shots without a goal.’
      • ‘When Deacon did get on he calmly drilled over a sideline conversion with his only shot at goal.’
      • ‘But they ran out of steam and missed 20 shots on goal while Mercedes Stieber scored twice to lead Hungary into the last eight.’
    2. 2.2informal An attempt to do something.
      ‘several of the competitors will have a shot at the title’
      • ‘Our game plan is to race heads-up because we want everyone to have a shot at the title.’
      • ‘If the Supreme Court pulls the plug it will be tough, but you have some time and you actually have a shot at this.’
      • ‘We do have a shot at winning every time.’
      • ‘In a perfect world, nearly every track on this album would have a shot at the top of the charts.’
      • ‘You don't even have a shot at making something good if you don't sit down and give it a try.’
      • ‘I'm just happy to have a shot at playing in the NFL and am thrilled that everybody wants to talk to me.’
      • ‘To have a shot at winning the prizes all you have to do is give us the right answer to this question.’
      • ‘Six pitchers, possibly more, have a shot at winning the fourth or fifth starting job.’
      • ‘As the play-offs approach, all teams have a shot at winning the championship.’
      • ‘We never dreamed we would have a shot at playing anywhere but a local party.’
      • ‘Fred Barnes argues in the Weekly Standard that the Democrats have a shot at a Senate takeover.’
      • ‘All I had to do was put it on the green, and I would have a shot at winning something.’
      • ‘Whatever people say about their team, all we know is we have a shot at making history.’
      • ‘Despite their losses, Brower still thinks his team will have a shot at a repeat title.’
      • ‘If everything went well on this job, it could all be over and he might even have a shot at a normal life again.’
      • ‘But in the same interview he cast doubt on whether he even wanted to have a shot at the Breakfast Show.’
      • ‘He was struggling to meet math requirements needed to have a shot at the Naval Academy.’
      • ‘Kids are being invited to a road safety day to have a shot at winning a bike.’
      • ‘So, Taylor and the running game should have a shot at making yards in the middle this time.’
      • ‘This is the kind of seat Democrats must win if they are to have a shot at regaining control of the House.’
      attempt, try, effort, endeavour
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  • 3"( plural same ) "A ball of stone or metal used as a missile fired from a large gun or cannon.

    • ‘They were made of wrought iron strips bound together with hoops and fired stone shot.’
    ball, bullet, cannonball, slug, projectile
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    1. 3.1 Tiny lead pellets used in quantity in a single charge or cartridge in a shotgun.
      • ‘The same-size shot as lead shot can be used with the same degree of choke.’
      • ‘Plated with either copper or nickel, lead shot flies truer because it resists deformation.’
      • ‘One variety consists of little pouches of Kevlar filled with lead shot.’
      • ‘Efforts are being made in some states to outlaw the use of lead shot.’
      • ‘Some of the explosives were in Christmas tree baubles and contained lead shot, flash powder and propellant, Judge Anthony Ensor was told.’
    2. 3.2 A heavy ball thrown by a shot-putter.
      • ‘Right before you get ready to throw the shot, take a deep breath in and let it out.’
      • ‘These are things that are not going to allow you to repeat and throw a good shot.’
      • ‘I practised throwing the shot in the orchard and I ran the 800m to national standard.’
  • 4A photograph.

    ‘she took a shot of me holding a lamp near my face’
    • ‘The following advice should help you in taking shots at the concert.’
    • ‘I was wondering if I should include these shots in a submission?’
    • ‘The photographer took the shot from a closer angle, or maybe used a zoom of some kind.’
    • ‘More commonly, if you want close-up shots, you'll have to work from a distance using a telephoto lens.’
    • ‘She quickly progresses from poorly framed out-of-focus shots to contest-winning photos.’
    • ‘You can photograph lightning day or night, though night shots are generally more productive.’
    • ‘He told me he would be in touch next week, to follow up on the story and to arrange a visit from a photographer to get some shots of me at my computer.’
    • ‘He enjoyed photography and liked to take still life shots and photographs of the countryside.’
    • ‘The pinks, yellows, golds, and reds of dusk and dawn are hallmarks of his work and make Rowell's shots instantly recognizable.’
    • ‘The most important thing that you should know about sharpness is to use a good tripod for all of your shots as well as using a cable release.’
    • ‘Even if the flash is powerful enough for wider shots, it only washes away the colorful artificial lighting.’
    • ‘You actually have time to frame your shots without jockeying for position with all the other shutterbugs.’
    • ‘Perched on the roof of an NBC news truck, a photographer snapped shots as marchers passed by.’
    • ‘Photographers snapped shots of her that would be sure to make headlines.’
    • ‘In the same frame as Akayesu's photograph is a shot of Prosper taken earlier in the trial.’
    • ‘I especially like the fact that your full-size shots are clear and crisp.’
    • ‘The flakes were falling lightly and the photographer took several shots of Ally and Trent trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues.’
    • ‘At a team practice, a local photographer snaps some shots of her which he hopes to sell on the open market.’
    • ‘In fact all of his projects are very nice - I even liked the fashion shots!’
    • ‘Even the most amateur of photographers can snap perfect shots in this idyllic place.’
    photograph, photo, snap, snapshot, picture, likeness, image, portrait, study, print, slide, transparency, negative, positive, plate, film, bromide, frame, exposure, still, proof, enprint, enlargement
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    1. 4.1 A film sequence photographed continuously by one camera.
      ‘the movie's opening shot is of a character walking across a featureless landscape’
      • ‘Is there really a need for slow motion shots of him running with an American flag?’
      • ‘The film begins with aerial shots of the crowded city while the homeless talk about the reasons they ended up on the streets.’
      • ‘The opening shots of the film show, in long-shot, a lone rider moving through the empty desert.’
      • ‘Then, on the next day, we would come back with the actors and film the interior car shots with them driving.’
      • ‘Her walk down the barge may be one of the most memorable shots in film history.’
      • ‘The problem is that he has four shots from the film, and is at the moment trying to decide which one to use.’
      • ‘It is really the exterior shots and fight sequences which give the film its scope and grandeur.’
      • ‘His latest film contains only 39 shots during its 145 minute running time.’
      • ‘The two men watch and analyze several key shots and sequences from Scott's film.’
      • ‘For the most part, the shots in the film were well composed and mostly pleasant to look at.’
      • ‘The shots of this film are arbitrarily put together with no rhyme or reason, creating haphazard action that is barely cogent.’
      • ‘I did find it interesting that the 1979 shots were filmed in Vancouver, Canada.’
      • ‘Many of the film's interior shots are shadowy, with most of the lighting provided by glowing fireplaces, and these scenes looked very warm.’
      • ‘Indeed elegance is the last thing you might have expected from the opening shots of the film.’
      • ‘This is a very dark film, and some shots seemed a tad bit soft, but overall the transfer is very nice.’
      • ‘I used a video camera and grabbed the shots, then arranged them as a storyboard.’
      • ‘Elephant is filmed entirely in fluid long takes and sequence shots.’
      • ‘Just compare the shots from the film with the paintings of Carl David Friedrich.’
      • ‘Often animated images are composited with live-action footage within a shot.’
      • ‘One of the best shots in the film is of a church spire which pans up to reveal the minaret of the mosque just behind.’
    2. 4.2 The range of a camera's view.
      ‘a prop man was standing just out of shot’
      • ‘McClean then walks out of camera shot and you can hear the sound of McClean knocking Kamara's lights out.’
      • ‘Expect to see more nice pictures of unmanned missiles slamming into things without any people in camera shot.’
      • ‘I think she was pleased to have her tree photographed there, though, but tried her best to be out of shot.’
      • ‘Have the assistant who will fire the trigger, out of camera shot on the ground.’
      • ‘Perhaps there is an unsightly electricity pylon just out of camera shot?’
  • 5A small drink, especially of distilled liquor.

    ‘he took a shot of whiskey’
    • ‘This gadget is designed to turn a shot of spirits into a mist that is inhaled rather than sipped and savored.’
    • ‘One winter they ran out of beer, so people were drinking shots of whiskey with red-wine chasers.’
    • ‘He drank a shot of brown liquid quickly, feeling the burning sensation slide down his throat.’
    • ‘The Duke was seated on the chair when Mark came and handed him a shot of whisky.’
    • ‘This happens when alcohol is added to a non-alcoholic drink, or when an alcoholic drink has shots of spirits added without the person requesting it.’
    • ‘You can choose to have a pint of Guinness or a shot of whiskey in one of Dublin's many pubs!’
    • ‘Mix a shot of vodka or tequila into a glass of water and gargle to help numb a sore throat or eliminate tooth pain.’
    • ‘The tall frosty drink was loaded with fresh peach pulp and a shot of vodka.’
    • ‘Kendall ignored her last comment, but turned to Sandy who was downing his third shot of whiskey.’
    • ‘Then we ordered shots of whiskey to drink with our beer.’
    • ‘Years ago I sometimes had fun in rooms like these, sitting on stacks of firewood and drinking shots of whiskey with friends.’
    • ‘While having a shot of whiskey, they talk about their moonshine operation.’
    • ‘When he was 10, he found his parents' stash of vodka, and drank a couple of shots.’
    • ‘The two men were soon well on their way to getting seriously drunk, downing shots of tequila with beer chasers one after another.’
    • ‘Unlike last time, however, I wasn't dumb enough to drink tequila shots.’
    • ‘We reminisced and drank shots for a half hour or so.’
    • ‘Harmony, Jack, and Choo were all circled around the table taking shots of whiskey.’
    • ‘A drink is defined as a glass of wine, a bottle of beer, or a shot of distilled spirits.’
    • ‘They drank twelve-dollar shots of brandy at a fine hotel bar.’
    • ‘Bartenders will drink a shot, and then replace it with an equal amount of water.’
    1. 5.1 A single serving of espresso.
      ‘steamed milk with a shot of espresso’
      • ‘I had to go get a double shot of espresso to calm down.’
      • ‘Dan Rather looked as if he needed a double shot of espresso.’
      • ‘Based on the number of coffee cans I found in his garbage a few weeks ago, I'd say he drinks 8-9 pots of coffee every day, or about 30 shots of espresso.’
      • ‘They charge you way too much for a massive cup of coffee which has one shot of espresso and several liters of milk.’
      • ‘When they entered the Australian market in 2000, they charged a rather excessive 60c Australian for an extra shot of espresso.’
      • ‘Before we hit the gym we always stop into Dunkin' Donuts, where trembling staff begin making Stu's order as soon as we pull up outside: an iced coffee with five espresso shots and five Equals.’
      • ‘The coffee is so good no matter where you go, from small corner caffes to trattorias and pizzerias, the end of a good meal is always punctuated with a shot of espresso.’
      • ‘He stared at me, looked at the register, and said "It's $1.45, plus fifty-five cents, for two additional shots of espresso."’
      • ‘Now it's time to be generous to yourself: an extra shot of espresso in your coffee; an extra 10 minutes in bed on Monday morning; a few extra hours away from the computer.’
      • ‘Before entering the library premises, I ordered an extra shot of espresso coffee, decided to soak in the ambience and took a seat on the library's plaza.’
      • ‘And the price of a shot of espresso keeps going up.’
      • ‘The usual range of coffees is available, including espresso at 50p a shot, with all proceeds going to the MacMillan Cancer Trust.’
      • ‘A normal shot of espresso takes about twenty seconds to pull; a ristretto shot is stopped at fifteen seconds, making a slightly smaller, less bold shot.’
      • ‘Each drink in Nero's has two shots of espresso in unless you specifically ask for it not to.’
      • ‘And then I did what every other perfectly sane person does when they need to relax, I got myself a double shot espresso.’
      • ‘A Spanish specialty is the Bombon: a shot of espresso combined with about a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk.’
      • ‘Venezuelans love their morning cup of coffee and there was growing unease among office workers yesterday that their daily shot of espresso or cappuccino might soon be unavailable.’
      • ‘Pudding is an impossibly rich chocolate cake, followed by a shot of treacly espresso.’
    2. 5.2 An injection of a drug or vaccine.
      ‘Jerry gave the monkey a shot of a sedative’
      • ‘Immunization shots and antiviral drugs are apparently not plentiful enough to withstand a pandemic.’
      • ‘I had been to this region not that long ago, so I'd received some of my immunization shots.’
      • ‘Most adults don't realize they still need shots.’
      • ‘The biggest problem people have is usually some tenderness at the site of the vaccination, but flu shots absolutely don't cause the flu.’
      • ‘Your baby will also get most of the same shots that other babies get.’
      • ‘They would be the first children to get the shots since routine vaccination ended in 1972.’
      • ‘At the medical complex nearby, clinical shots - immunity boosters mainly - were being administered.’
      • ‘Also make sure you're up-to-date on your tetanus booster shots, and ask your doctor about being vaccinated for hepatitis B.’
      • ‘Communities around the country coming up with some creative ways to try and give away some of these flu vaccine shots.’
      • ‘Travel vaccines are shots you get before you travel to another country.’
      • ‘First, a single vaccination generates only a small amount of immunity and booster shots are needed to build up immunity to protective levels.’
      • ‘The government has confirmed that it is to stockpile two million shots of the vaccine against the H5N1 strain of bird flu.’
      • ‘You may want to ask about flu shots or the vaccination for pneumonia.’
      • ‘The best thing you can do for your pet, besides vaccinations and rabies shots, is to have it neutered or spayed.’
      • ‘As we reported, the two main suppliers of flu vaccine for shots in this country today said they simply can't keep up with demand.’
      • ‘Norman was given the complete series of eight shots of the vaccine before deploying to the Gulf in 2000.’
      • ‘Our voice can encourage a fragile senior to get a flu shot or pneumococcal vaccine.’
      • ‘When I had to go to the free clinic for vaccine shots, I had to memorize my fake social security number.’
      • ‘The current vaccine involves six shots with yearly boosters.’
      • ‘This is because your child might need extra vaccine shots depending on the country or state you will be visiting.’
      injection, inoculation, immunization, vaccination, revaccination, booster
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  • 6[usually with modifier] The launch of a space rocket.

    ‘a moon shot’


  • give it one's best shot

    • informal Do the best that one can.

      • ‘That's not to say we won't be giving it our best shot.’
      • ‘This may well prove then to be a complete waste of time, but go out there and give it your best shot.’
      • ‘Go out there and win or at least give it your best shot.’
      • ‘He takes a deep breath and gives it his best shot.’
      • ‘It will be difficult as there is only a team of three, but I will be giving it my best shot.’
      • ‘You can only give it your best shot and if the critics don't like it, that's too bad.’
      • ‘He said: ‘I am giving it my best shot and hoping that we raise as much money as possible so we can help find a cure for Lily quickly.’’
      • ‘I don't mind losing as long as you give it your best shot.’
      • ‘The boys are confident and ready to give it their best shot.’
      • ‘I'm not so bothered about the result as long as we perform well and everybody gives it their best shot.’
  • like a shot

    • informal Without hesitation; willingly.

      ‘“Would you go back?” “Like a shot.”’
      • ‘‘If I could have a ticket for the Rugby World Cup final in Australia I would be out of bed like a shot,’ she said.’
      • ‘I don't have the money to be coming back every Saturday and Sunday but if they made it to Europe, I'd be back like a shot.’
      • ‘Give me an assignment tomorrow in a city I've never seen, and I'll be off like a shot.’
      • ‘But if I think of something, I'll be back here like a shot.’
      • ‘But if the opportunity came up I'd be there like a shot.’
      • ‘I saw her start to move between the two dogs but knew if it got ugly, she'd be out of there like a shot.’
      • ‘The strong feeling was that she would have accepted a proposal like a shot, but it never came.’
      • ‘When I moved down to London I sold my car like a shot, and I've not looked back since.’
      • ‘‘They came down on him like a shot,’ said Mr Harvey.’
      • ‘Replied Chapin, ‘I would have put it on like a shot, if I'd had the opportunity.’’
      without hesitation, unhesitatingly, very willingly, eagerly, enthusiastically, gladly
      immediately, at once, right away, right now, quickly, straight away, instantly, instantaneously, directly, forthwith, promptly, without delay
      in a flash, like a flash, before one can say jack robinson, before one can say knife
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  • not by a long shot

    • By no means.

      ‘we're not there yet, not by a long shot’
  • a shot across the bows

  • a shot in the arm

    • informal An encouraging stimulus.

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

    • see dark
      guess, random guess, wild guess, surmise, supposition, conjecture, speculation, theorizing
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Old English sc(e)ot, gesc(e)ot, of Germanic origin; related to German Geschoss, from the base of the verb shoot.




Main definitions of shot in English

: shot1shot2



  • past and past participle of shoot


  • 1(of colored cloth) woven with a warp and weft of different colors, giving a contrasting iridescent effect when looked at from different angles.

    ‘a dress of shot silk’
    • ‘Do orange and purple shot silk cushions actually enhance my decor?’
    variegated, mottled, watered, moiré
    multicoloured, many-coloured, varicoloured
    iridescent, opalescent, lustrous, shimmering
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    1. 1.1 Interspersed with a different color.
      ‘dark hair shot with silver’
      • ‘The back is greenish and the sides silvery, shot with blue and pink.’
      • ‘The light streaming through the leaves of the oak tree is shot with yellow and gold.’
      • ‘Sometimes they were shot with streaks of ultramarine, or they lit up the sea like jade.’
      • ‘His hair was shot with gray all over.’
      • ‘We came to the small medieval town of Orchha as the sun was sinking from a pink and grey sky shot with golden threads.’
  • 2informal Ruined or worn out.

    ‘a completely shot engine will put you out of the race’
    ‘my nerves are shot’
    1. 2.1US, Australian, NZ [predicative] Drunk.


  • get (or be) shot of

    • informal Get (or be) rid of.

      • ‘Some might even be happy to be shot of the badge - wearing radicals with loopy ideas who used to give politics a bad name.’
      • ‘For the last 18 months or so we've been overpaying our flexible mortgage to get shot of it more quickly.’
      • ‘It's too late to get shot of him now at this crucial stage of the qualifying campaign, but if we qualify then maybe we need the change before we go.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, other managers might get shot of shares that do not fit their portfolio's investing style.’
      • ‘Car boot fairs are wonderful places to get shot of your junk - and make some money while you're at it.’
      • ‘You're unlikely to get the best price but you'll get shot of your junk in one fell swoop and, again, it doesn't take much effort on your part.’
      • ‘If they have ever worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, get shot of them.’
      • ‘But I'm mindful that these aren't people I'm getting shot of.’
      • ‘They are not the reason I resigned - but what a joy it is to be shot of them.’
      • ‘At this rate, we won't be shot of Harry until 2009.’
      dispose of, do away with, throw away, throw out, toss out, clear out, discard, scrap, remove, dispense with, lose, dump, bin, unload, jettison, dismiss, expel, eject, weed out, root out
      get rid of, ditch, junk, get shut of
      see the back of
      shuck off
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  • shot through with

    • Suffused with (a particular feature or quality)

      ‘the mist was shot through with orange spokes of light’
      • ‘Recollected Work is shot through with ambivalence about the undertaking.’
      • ‘Yet she returns from these states of self-hypnosis riven with supernatural pleasure and shot through with natural pain.’
      • ‘On the contrary, the novel is shot through with an admiration for men who eschew that label and behave in a traditionally masculine fashion.’
      • ‘The novels are shot through with a Burkean fear of enlightenment rationalism.’
      • ‘Pipes's book is shot through with essentialism and questionable generalizations.’
      • ‘Some of the songs are shot through with what seems like a deliberately ambiguous approach.’
      • ‘The Other Side, shot through with religious imagery, suggests that Hillman's searching soul has found peace at last.’
      • ‘This distressing subject aside, the book is shot through with Connolly's inimitable humour and even in print he has the ability to render you helpless with laughter.’
      • ‘Debate on this question in the United States today is shot through with deeply utilitarian premises.’
      • ‘But, you know, you're right that her case is shot through with inconsistencies.’
  • shot to pieces (or to hell)

    • informal Ruined.

      • ‘If his credibility is shot to pieces on immigration, it hurts his credibility across the front.’
      • ‘‘But I can't have one because my immune systems is shot to pieces,’ he said.’
      • ‘He said: ‘I think the whole principle of local network providers has been shot to pieces.’’
      • ‘His confidence is shot to pieces with even his trademark free-kicks, once among the best in Europe, more likely to threaten row ‘Z’ than the opposition goal.’
      • ‘I guess what remains of the transatlantic tourism business is shot to pieces now.’
      • ‘I think what's very, very serious is that we have a Prime Minister whose credibility has been shot to pieces.’
      • ‘My sleep patterns are shot to hell: 9.30 pm to 6 am.’
      • ‘At the moment, our self-righteous claim that we are here to ensure accountability is so hypocritical it's our credibility that's shot to pieces.’
      • ‘It has led us to ruin; it is morally corrupt and its credibility is shot to pieces.’
      • ‘Well from the looks of it your internal procedures are shot to pieces.’