A long shot 成功的希望很渺茫

Vera Dushevina playing at International Womens Open, Eastbourne
Image caption Would you still give it your best even if it's a long shot?


A long shot 的字面意思是「長球」。我們也可以用這個表達來形容某事,意思就是實現此事的機會不大。


I'm looking for a first edition of Alice in Wonderland for my mother's birthday. I know it's a long shot, but do you have one in stock?

My favourite football team is in the cup final at the weekend. I think we could win, but it』s a long shot.

We could ask the phone company to replace your broken smartphone for free. It's a long shot, but it's worth trying.


另一個短語 a shot in the dark 的意思是「毫無根據的胡亂猜測」。


A: How old do you think I am?

B: I'll take a shot in the dark and say 40.