Long Shot


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Long Shot

Informal; an action involving high risk. A long shot may result in a significant gain but has a high likelihood of failing.
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Egoyan often frames Stephens in outdoor long shots, the better to emphasize his hopelessly inadequate and anachronistic presence in the very community he descends upon to save.
Even after qualifying for the NHL Playoffs, the Oilers remained a 70/1 long shot to win the Cup as they entered the postseason as the eighth seed in the Western Conference and had to face the league's top team in Detroit.
It is a long shot and Given, 34, whose chances of a domestic switch have been reduced, was ideally looking for a full-time transfer.
But it is a long shot because two or three teams are almost in the play-offs.
Asma Aghbaria-Zahalka, Leader Of Dm Jewish-Arab Party, Makes Long-Shot Election Bid In Israel It is a long shot but this Arab Israeli woman may be voted in because she is filling rooms and minds with her message that challenges all extremes.
I KNOW that this is a long shot but I am feeling desperate
Long shot of Sharif, Gul and the delegations of the Pakistan and Turkey
Scuffet again proved decisive on the half hour after first spilling Kouame Guessan's long shot and recovering to smother the loose ball before a follow-up.
IRELAND were long shots to get a result in Bosnia and now will hope a Long shot puts them through.
This was a 20-horse Derby in which even the long shots have something going for them.
TOP TREBLE Man City -1, Aberdeen Dunfermline (3-1, Skybet) HOMES Chelsea, Man City -1 Plymouth, Ross Co Dunfermline (11-1, Coral) EURO TREBLE Borussia Dortmund Ajax, PSG (all Sun) (5-2, Coral) LONG SHOTS BOTH TO SCORE B'mouth v Leicester St Mirren v Livingston Annan v Montrose (9-2, Betfred) AWAYS Walsall, Aberdeen Peterhead Rangers (Sun) (12-1, Ladbrokes) DRAWS Stoke v West Brom Derby v Leeds (12.