Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
“This is going to be very though and a very long shot,” he said. “I want that fully understood…”
“You are perfectly right to emphasize the risk, Captain. We fully accept that.” (A. Halley and J. Castle, “Runway Zero-Eight”)
a long shot = a risky enterprise, a brave attempt
You are perfectly right alluding to the other connotation of the expression in question:
a long shot = an off-chance, something that is not promising
But there was something he could check. It was a long shot, but all that was needed was a phone call. (A. Hailey, “Airport”)
Thank you again for you kindness.