shot1 [ ʃat ] adjective never before noun INFORMAL
injured, damaged, or destroyed:
The bones in her wrist were shot.
shot to pieces/hell (=severely damaged or completely destroyed): My nerves are completely shot to pieces.
be shot through with something FORMAL
1. ) if cloth is shot through with a particular color or fiber, it has that color or fiber woven through it
2. ) to contain a particular quality or feature in all parts:
The earlier poems are shot through with a sense of hope.
shot 2 [ ʃat ] noun ***
▸ 1 when gun is fired
▸ 2 throw/hit/kick of ball
▸ 3 view/photograph
▸ 4 attempt to do/get something
▸ 5 when drug is put in body
▸ 6 small alcoholic drink
▸ 7 something said/done as attack
▸ 8 heavy metal ball
▸ 9 balls fired from shotgun
1. ) count an act of firing a gun:
fire a shot: The man fired two shots from a handgun.
a ) a bullet that is fired from a gun:
The third shot hit the officer in the chest.
b ) a sound of a gun being fired:
The neighbors say they heard four shots.
c ) used for referring to someone who regularly shoots, especially relating to how well or badly they do it:
a good/crack/bad shot: Mills was the crack shot in the group.
2. ) count an act of throwing, hitting, or kicking a ball, or a ball that has been thrown, hit, or kicked:
You get tired and you start playing bad shots.
A fine shot from Tiger Woods has just missed the hole.
shot at: They didn't manage to get a single shot at our goal.
3. ) count a view of something that you have because of the position of the camera in movies, television, or photographs:
a close-up shot (=with the camera very close to something): Viewers can see a close-up shot of the artist's hands.
an opening shot (=what you see first in a movie or television program): The opening shot is of a man walking across a field.
a ) INFORMAL a photograph:
Harold took a great shot of the dogs playing together.
4. ) count INFORMAL a chance or attempt to do or get something:
shot at: This is her first shot at an international title.
have/get a shot at something: We had a shot at bringing the ship around into the harbor.
give something your best shot (=try as hard as you can to do something): Give it your best shot that's all you can do.
5. ) count an INJECTION of a drug (=when it is put into your body using a needle) given as a medical treatment:
have/get a shot: When is the last time you had a tetanus shot?
6. ) count a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink:
shot of: a shot of tequila
7. ) count INFORMAL something you say or do as an attack:
an opening shot (=something that begins an argument or fight): It was the opening shot in the battle for control of the company.
a parting shot (=something said or done as you are leaving): At the door she could not resist a parting shot.
a cheap shot (=something said or done that is rude and unnecessary): That was a pretty cheap shot, Don.
8. ) count a heavy metal ball that you throw from your shoulder in a sport called the shot put
9. ) uncount small metal balls that are fired from a shotgun
like a shot INFORMAL
immediately and very quickly:
He heard a noise downstairs and was out of bed like a shot.
a shot in the arm INFORMAL
something that quickly makes a bad situation much better:
This plan will give industry a much needed shot in the arm.
a shot in the dark INFORMAL
a guess that you make without having any facts or ideas to support it
shot 3
the past tense and past participle of shoot1

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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