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    #1

    a shot at the top spot

    What does 'a shot at the top spot' mean in the following dialogue? Is it an idiom?

    - Rowley, if you had to say where you were ranked in terms of popularity from one to 200, where would you put yourself?
    - Is 200 good or bad?
    - I'd say you're somewhere around the 154 mark.
    - I'd put myself around number 19 or 20. I might even have a shot at the top spot by the end of the year, if things go the way I think they will.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: a shot at the top spot

    It means that he thinks he could be number 1.

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    #3

    Re: a shot at the top spot

    Is it a famous idiom? Is it American, British or both?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: a shot at the top spot

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    Hello, Englishhobby:

    Here is a true example that may help you to remember this idiom.

    A famous American politician is taking a second shot at the top spot (the presidency of the United States).

    She took a shot (she tried) in 2008, but she failed.

    So she has decided to take a shot again in 2016.
    Last edited by TheParser; 21-Jun-2015 at 17:03.

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    Re: a shot at the top spot

    Thank you, TheParser, I only knew 'to have a go'.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #6

    Re: a shot at the top spot

    'To have/take a shot at' is common in AmE. 'To have a go at' sounds very British to my ear.

    The term comes from firearms, so I'd imagine them to be more common in AmE than BrE, but that's just a guess.

    'To have a shot at' means to have a chance at.
    When using a gun, if you have a shot at something, you have a clear line of sight and thereby a chance to hit your target.

    'To take a shot at' means to try to do something.
    When using a gun, if you take a shot, you pull the trigger in an attempt to hit your target.
    Last edited by Skrej; 22-Jun-2015 at 03:11. Reason: typo

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    #7

    Re: a shot at the top spot

    "To have a shot" in AusE means either to "take a shot' or to 'have a chance'.
    "Have a shot" in the original here means "have a chance". But 'have a shot" can mean the same as "have a go".

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