long shot

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long shot noun
plural long shots
long shot
noun
plural long shots
Learner's definition of LONG SHOT
[count]
: an attempt or effort that is not likely to be successful
chiefly US : a person or thing that is not likely to win something (such as a contest or race)

by a long shot

: by a great extent or degree : by far

not by a long shot

: not at all
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