take a shot / miss a shot

In sports like basketball, soccer, and hockey, "a shot" is when you try to get your ball or puck into the net to get a point. Here are some things that you can do with "a shot":

  • You can "take" a shot, which means that you try to get some points.
  • You can "miss" the shot, which means that your shot didn't succeed.
  • You can "make" the shot, which means that you did succeed and got the points.

"Taking a shot" is a common metaphor for things that you try to do in life. For example, if your friend asked a girl out on a date but she said no, you can say:

Well, at least you took a shot.

The quotation in the example at top means "You can't be successful in life if you don't take risks and try to get the things you want."

This phrase appears in these lessons: