What is a long shot?

What is a long shot? Here are some definitions.

  1. (idiomatic, nautical) Something unlikely; something that has little chance of happening or working. The term arose from the accuracy of early ship guns, which were effective only at close range and unlikely to hit the mark at any great distance.
  2. (film) A master shot, the primary wide shot of a scene into which the closeups will be edited later.
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But flat-panel LCD, or liquid crystal displays, win the aesthetics battle by a long shot.
It is a long shot, even now, but a win today, in advance of next year's split in the Premier League, could see the tide turning.
I thought I'd call the police station, just on the off chance, the long shot that it had turned up.
Despite these advantages, many analysts and rivals consider Correnti's effort a long shot.
We're barely into April and the serious hurling hasn't started by a long shot yet.
Esposito fanned on a long shot by Jacques Lemaire, then Henri Richard scored twice to give the Habs the championship.

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