long shot

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The term arose from the accuracy of early naval guns, which were effective only at close range and unlikely to hit the mark at any great distance.

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long shot (plural long shots)

  1. (idiomatic) Something unlikely; something that has little chance of happening or working.
    We can try your plan, but it's a long shot and it probably won't work.
  2. (film) A master shot, the primary wide shot of a scene into which the closeups will be edited later.

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