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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An entry, as in a horserace, with only a slight chance of winning.
  • n. A bet made at great odds.
  • n. A venture that offers a great reward if successful but has very little chance of success.
  • n. A photograph or a film or television shot in which the subject is shown at a relatively small scale.
  • idiom by a long shot Informal To any extent; at all. Usually used in negative sentences: You haven't done your share of the work by a long shot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something unlikely; something that has little chance of happening or working. The term arose from the accuracy of early ship guns, which were effective only at close range and unlikely to hit the mark at any great distance.
  • n. A master shot, the primary wide shot of a scene into which the closeups will be edited later.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contestant that is unlikely to win
  • n. a venture that involves great risk but promises great rewards

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