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Angel shot

  • (Mil.), a kind of chain shot.
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approach shot

  • noun a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
    approach.
    • he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green
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backhand shot

  • noun a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
    backhand stroke; backhand.
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bamboo shoot

  • noun edible young shoots of bamboo
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bank shot

  • noun a basketball shot that bounces off of the backboard before passing through the hoop
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Bar shot

  • a double headed shot, consisting of a bar, with a ball or half ball at each end; formerly used for destroying the masts or rigging in naval combat.
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basketball shot

  • noun throwing the basketball toward the hoop
    • his shot hit the rim and bounced out
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bb shot

  • noun a small pellet fired from an air rifle or BB gun
    BB.
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big shot

  • noun an important influential person
    big cheese; big gun; big fish; big wheel; head honcho; big deal; big enchilada.
    • he thinks he's a big shot
    • she's a big deal in local politics
    • the Qaeda commander is a very big fish
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bird shot

  • noun small lead shot for shotgun shells
    bird shot; buckshot.
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booster shot

  • noun an additional dose that makes sure the first dose was effective
    booster dose; recall dose; booster.
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burrel shot

Bur"rel shot`
Etymology
Either from annoying the enemy like a burrel fly, or, less probably, fr. F. bourreler to sting, torture.
Definitions
  1. (Gun.) A mixture of shot, nails, stones, pieces of old iron, etc., fired from a cannon at short range, in an emergency. R.
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by a long shot

  • adverb by a great deal
    • he is the best by a long shot
    • his labors haven't ended there--not by a long shot
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canister shot

  • noun a metallic cylinder packed with shot and used as ammunition in a firearm
    canister; canister shot.
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Cannon shot

  • . (a) A cannon ball. (b) The range of a cannon.
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case shot

  • noun a metallic cylinder packed with shot and used as ammunition in a firearm
    canister; canister shot.
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Case" shot`
Definitions
  1. (Mil.) A collection of small projectiles, inclosed in a case or canister. ✍ In the United States a case shot is a thin spherical or oblong cast-iron shell containing musket balls and a bursting charge, with a time fuse; -- called in Europe shrapnel. In Europe the term case shot is applied to what in the United States is called canister. Wilhelm.
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Chain shot

  • (Mil.), two cannon balls united by a shot chain, formerly used in naval warfare on account of their destructive effect on a ship's rigging.
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charity shot

  • noun an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line; given to penalize the other team for committing a foul
    penalty free throw; charity toss; charity shot; free throw; charity throw.
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cheap shot

  • noun an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
  • noun an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence
    • he called a penalty on them when the lineman took a cheap shot at the quarterback
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chip shot

  • noun (golf) a low running approach shot
    chip.
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chop shot

  • noun a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball
    chop.
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crack shot

  • noun someone skilled in shooting
    sharpshooter; marksman.
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crap shooting

  • noun playing craps
    crap game; crapshoot.
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Crossbar shot

  • a projectile which folds into a sphere for loading, but on leaving the gun expands to a cross with a quarter ball at the end of each arm; used in naval actions for cutting the enemy's rigging.
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Dead shot

  • . (a) An unerring marksman. (b) A shot certain to be made.
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drive-by shooting

  • noun shooting someone from a car as it is driven past the victim
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drop shot

  • noun a soft return so that the tennis ball drops abruptly after crossing the net
    dink.
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duck shot

  • noun small lead shot for shotgun shells
    bird shot; buckshot.
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dunk shot

  • noun a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket
    dunk; dunk shot.
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Feather shot, ∨ Feathered shot

  • (Metal.), copper granulated by pouring into cold water. Raymond.
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flight-shot

Flight"-shot` noun
Definitions
  1. The distance to which an arrow or flight may be shot; bowshot, -- about the fifth of a mile. Prov. Eng. & Scot.
    Within a flight-shot it inthe valley. Evelyn.
    Half a flight-shot from the king's oak. Sir W. Scott.
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Flying shot

  • a shot fired at a moving object, as a bird on the wing.
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forehand shot

  • noun (sports) a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke (as in tennis or badminton or squash)
    forehand; forehand stroke.
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foul shot

  • noun an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line; given to penalize the other team for committing a foul
    penalty free throw; charity toss; charity shot; free throw; charity throw.
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golf shot

  • noun the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
    golf stroke; swing.
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Grapple shot

  • (Life-saving Service), a projectile, to which are attached hinged claws to catch in a ship's rigging or to hold in the ground; called also anchor shot.
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headmold shot

Head"mold" shot", Head"mould` shot" (Also<
  • Headmold shot
  • Headmould shot
)
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  1. (Med.) An old name for the condition of the skull, in which the bones ride, or are shot, over each other at the sutures. Dunglison.
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hook shot

  • noun a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
    hook.
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Indian shot

  • noun canna grown especially for its edible rootstock from which arrowroot starch is obtained
    Canna edulis; Canna indica; arrowroot; achira.
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  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Canna (C. Indica). The hard black seeds are as large as swan shot. See Canna.
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jump shot

  • noun (basketball) a player releases the basketball at the high point of a jump
    jumper.
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Life arrow, Life rocket, Life shot

  • an arrow, rocket, or shot, for carrying an attached line to a vessel in distress in order to save life.
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like a shot

  • adverb without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
    straightaway; forthwith; at once; straight off; directly; right away; immediately; now; instantly.
    • he answered immediately
    • found an answer straightaway
    • an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith
    • Come here now!
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line-shooting

  • noun an instance of boastful talk
    crow; vaporing; crowing; bragging; brag; gasconade.
    • his brag is worse than his fight
    • whenever he won we were exposed to his gasconade
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long shot

  • noun a venture that involves great risk but promises great rewards
  • noun a contestant that is unlikely to win
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masse shot

  • noun a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically; the cue ball spins around another ball before hitting the object ball
    masse.
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Massé, Massé shot noun (Also<
  • Masse
  • Masse shot
  • Massé
  • Massé shot
)
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  1. (Billiards) A stroke made with the cue held vertically.
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moon shot

  • noun the launching of a spacecraft to the moon
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mug shot

  • noun a photograph of someone's face (especially one made for police records)
    mugshot.
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one shot

  • noun a charge of ammunition for a single shot
    round; unit of ammunition.
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passing shot

  • noun a tennis return that passes an opponent who has approached the net
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Pistol shot

  • . (a) The discharge of a pistol . (b) The distance to which a pistol can propel a ball.
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pitch shot

  • noun a high approach shot in golf
    pitch.
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pivot shot

  • noun a one-handed basketball shot made while whirling on the pivot foot
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point-and-shoot camera

  • noun a lightweight photographic camera with an autofocus
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Point-blank shot

  • the shot of a gun pointed directly toward the object to be hit.
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powder and shot

  • noun ammunition consisting of gunpowder and bullets for muskets
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Random shot

  • a shot not directed or aimed toward any particular object, or a shot with the muzzle of the gun much elevated.
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rifle shot

  • noun the distance that a rifle bullet will carry
    rifle range.
    • the target was out of rifle range
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Round shot

  • noun a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
    cannon ball; cannonball.
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  • a solid spherical projectile for ordnance.
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scoop shot

  • noun a basketball shot made with an underhand scooping motion
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set shot

  • noun a two-handed basketball shot from a stationary position
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shoot a line

  • verb show off
    blow; boast; gasconade; gas; brag; tout; swash; bluster; vaunt.
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shoot craps

  • verb play a game of craps
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shoot down

  • verb move quickly and violently
    tear; shoot; charge; buck.
    • The car tore down the street
    • He came charging into my office
  • verb shoot at and force to come down
    down; land.
    • the enemy landed several of our aircraft
  • verb thwart the passage of
    vote out; vote down; kill; defeat.
    • kill a motion
    • he shot down the student's proposal
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shoot for

  • verb have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
    aspire; draw a bead on; aim.
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shoot one's mouth off

  • verb speak spontaneously and without restraint
    lip off.
    • She always shoots her mouth off and says things she later regrets
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shoot the breeze

  • verb talk socially without exchanging too much information
    chit-chat; chew the fat; confab; chitchat; jaw; claver; visit; chaffer; chat; natter; gossip; chatter; confabulate.
    • the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze
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shoot up

  • verb rise dramatically
    • Prices shot up overnight
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shoot-'em-up

  • noun a movie featuring shooting and violence
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shoot-down

  • noun murder by shooting someone down in cold blood
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shooting box

  • noun a small country house used by hunters during the shooting season
    shooting box.
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shooting brake

  • noun another name for a station wagon
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  • noun a building (usually abandoned) where drug addicts buy and use heroin
  • noun an enclosed firing range with targets for rifle or handgun practice
    shooting gallery.
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shooting iron

  • noun a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
    side arm; pistol; handgun.
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shooting lodge

  • noun a small country house used by hunters during the shooting season
    shooting box.
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shooting preserve

  • noun a preserve on which hunting is permitted during certain months of the year
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shooting range

  • noun an enclosed firing range with targets for rifle or handgun practice
    shooting gallery.
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shooting script

  • noun the final detailed script for making a movie or TV program
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shooting star

  • noun a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode
    meteor.
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shooting stick

  • noun device that resembles a spiked walking stick but the top opens into a seat
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shot glass

  • noun a small glass adequate to hold a single swallow of whiskey
    pony; jigger.
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shot hole

  • noun drill hole for a charge of an explosive
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  • a hole made by a shot or bullet discharged.
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shot metal

  • noun an alloy that is 98% lead and 2% arsenic; used in making small shot
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shot put

  • noun an athletic competition in which a heavy metal ball is hurled as far as possible
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shot putter

  • noun an athlete who competes in the shot put
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shot tower

  • noun tower of a kind once used to make shot; molten lead was poured through a sieve and dropped into water
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shot-clog

Shot"-clog` noun
Definitions
  1. A person tolerated only because he pays the shot, or reckoning, for the rest of the company, otherwise a mere clog on them. Old Slang
    Thou common shot-clog, gull of all companies. Chapman.
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shot-free

Shot"-free` adjective
Definitions
  1. Not to be injured by shot; shot-proof. Obs. Feltham.
Shot"-free` adjective
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  1. Free from charge or expense; hence, unpunished; scot-free. Obs. Shak.
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shot-proof

Shot"-proof` adjective
Definitions
  1. Impenetrable by shot.
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sight-shot

Sight"-shot` noun
Definitions
  1. Distance to which the sight can reach or be thrown. R. Cowley.
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Sighting shot

  • a shot made to ascertain whether the sights of a firearm are properly adjusted; a trial shot.
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skeet shooting

  • noun the sport of shooting at clay pigeons that are hurled upward in such a way as to simulate the flight of a bird
    trapshooting; skeet.
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Slung shot

  • a metal ball of small size, with a string attached, used by ruffians for striking.
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Snap shot

  • a quick offhand shot, without deliberately taking aim.
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Soul shot

  • . Soul + scot, or shot; cf. AS. sawelsceat. (O. Eccl. Law) A funeral duty paid in former times for a requiem for the soul. Ayliffe.
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Stub short, ∨ Stub shot

  • (Lumber Manuf.), the part of the end of a sawn log or plank which is beyond the place where the saw kerf ends, and which retains the plank in connection with the log, until it is split off.
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stuff shot

  • noun a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket
    dunk; dunk shot.
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sure as shooting

  • adjective satellite absolutely certain
    • it is sure as shooting that they will come
  • adverb definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')
    certainly; sure; sure enough; surely; for certain; for sure.
    • the results are surely encouraging
    • she certainly is a hard worker
    • it's going to be a good day for sure
    • they are coming, for certain
    • they thought he had been killed sure enough
    • he'll win sure as shooting
    • they sure smell good
    • sure he'll come
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Swan shot

  • a large size of shot used in fowling.
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tennis shot

  • noun the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket
    tennis stroke.
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To be shot of

  • to be discharged, cleared, or rid of. Colloq. "Are you not glad to be shot of him?"
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To shoot ahead

  • to pass or move quickly forward; to outstrip others.
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To shoot out the lip

  • (Script.), to show contempt by protruding the lip.
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To take a shoot

  • to pass through a shoot instead of the main channel; to take the most direct course. U.S.
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trouble-shoot

  • verb solve problems
    troubleshoot.
    • He is known to be good at trouble-shooting
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Whale shot

  • the name formerly given to spermaceti.
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wing shooting

  • noun shooting game birds that are flying (on the wing)
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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