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shot
shot (n.) O.E. scot, sceot "an act of shooting, that which is discharged in shooting," from P.Gmc. *skutan (Cf. O.N. skutr, O.Fris. skete, M.Du. scote, Ger. Schuß "a shot"), related to sceotan "to shoot" (see SHOOT (Cf. shoot)).
Meaning "discharge of a bow, missile," is from O.E. gesceot; extended to other projectiles in Middle English, and to sports (hockey, basketball, etc.) 1868. Another original meaning, "payment," is preserved in SCOT-FREE (Cf. scot-free). Meaning "drink of straight liquor" first attested 1670s. Meaning "try, attempt" is from 1756; adjectival sense of "exhausted" is from 1930. Sense of "hypodermic injection" first attested 1904; figurative phrase shot in the arm "stimulant" first recorded 1922. Meaning "remark meant to wound" is recorded from 1841; hence cheap shot (1973). To call the shots is first attested 1967; shot in the dark is from 1895.

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  • Shot — Shot, n.; pl. {Shot}or {Shots}. [OE. shot, schot, AS. gesceot a missile; akin to D. schot a shot, shoot, G. schuss, geschoss a missile, Icel. skot a throwing, a javelin, and E. shoot, v.t. [root]159. See {Shoot}, and cf. {Shot} a share.] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Shot — Shot, n. [AS. scot, sceot, fr. sce[ o]tan to shoot; akin to D. sschot, Icel. skot. [root]159. See {Scot} a share, {Shoot}, v. t., and cf. {Shot} a shooting.] A share or proportion; a reckoning; a scot. [1913 Webster] Here no shots are where all… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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