long shot
noun Date: 1867 1. a venture involving great risk but promising a great reward if successful; also a venture unlikely to succeed 2. an entry (as in a horse race) given little chance of winning 3. a bet in which the chances of winning are slight but the possible winnings great

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  • long shot — 1. a horse, team, etc., that has little chance of winning and carries long odds. 2. an attempt or undertaking that offers much but in which there is little chance for success. 3. Motion Pictures, Television. a camera shot taken at a relatively… …   Universalium

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