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“长球”。我们也可以用这个表达来形容某事,意思就是实现此事的机会不大。


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.


另一个短语 a shot in the dark 的意思是“毫无根据的胡乱猜测”。


A: How old do you think I am?

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