a horse, team, etc., that has little chance of winning and carries long odds.
an attempt or undertaking that offers much but in which there is little chance for success.
Movies, Television. a camera shot taken at a relatively great distance from the subject and permitting a broad view of a scene.
Compare closeup (def 2), medium shot.
by a long shot, by any means; by a measurable degree:
They haven’t finished by a long shot.
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a competitor, as in a race, considered to be unlikely to win
a bet against heavy odds
an undertaking, guess, or possibility with little chance of success
(films, television) a shot where the camera is or appears to be distant from the object to be photographed
by a long shot, by any means: he still hasn’t finished by a long shot
A person, horse, project, etc, that seems not likely to win or succeed; dark horse: But it’s a pretty long shot I’m afraid (1869+)
A scene photographed from a distance; a long-range photograph (1940s+)
see: miss by a mile
by a nose
see: hang by a thread
whiskers, a beard. Usually, whiskers. side whiskers. a single hair of the beard. Archaic. a mustache. one of the long, stiff, bristly hairs growing about the mouth of certain animals, as the cat or rat; vibrissa. Also called whisker boom, whisker pole. Nautical. any spar for extending the clew or clews of a sail so […]