give a shot

give a shot

Meaning

  • to have a try at something
  • to try something that you are not familiar with
  • make an attempt
  • to give something your best shot has basically the same meaning - it means to attempt to do your best

Example Sentences

  1. I have never eaten sushi, but I will give it a shot.
  2. I have never been very good at baseball, but I will give it a shot.
  3. I have never cooked a meal for this many people, but I will give it a shot.
  4. I am not prepared for my exam today. I will give it a shot
  5. Writing a speech is very nerve wracking. However, I am going to give it a shot.
  6. If it is so important to you that I get on with your sister I will give it a shot.
  7. I don't know anything about fixing computers, but I will give it my best shot.

Origin

There is no clear indication where the phrase originated from or when it was used for the first time. However, the word shot meant to try as from the mid-18th century. Thus, it is easy to believe that this idiom uses the word "shot" to mean an attempt at doing something. If you give something a shot you are trying to do it.

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