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one-shot

[wuhn-shot] /ˈwʌnˌʃɒt/
noun, Also, one shot
1.
a magazine, brochure, or the like that is published only one time, with no subsequent issues intended, usually containing articles and photographs devoted to one topical subject.
2.
a single appearance by a performer, as in a play, motion picture, or television program.
3.
a close-up camera shot of one person.
4.
something occurring, done, used, etc., only once.
adjective
5.
occurring, done, etc., only once.
6.
achieved or accomplished with a single try:
a one-shot solution.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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Examples from the web for one-shot
  • Under current practice, some guarantors consider such borrowers to have used up the one-shot chance.
  • We were not simply here to write a one-shot manifesto.
Word Origin and History for one-shot
adj.

1907, "achieved in a single attempt" (original reference is to golf), from one + shot (n.). Meaning "happening or of use only once" is from 1937.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for one-shot

one-shot

modifier

: He put her in a one-shot whodunit/ Maybe it was a one-shot shakedown

noun
  1. A story or article that appears once, with no sequel (1942+)
  2. Any transaction, event, etc, that occurs only once; one-off: He was doing poetry readings, one-shots (1937+)
  3. A woman who accedes to the sex act once, then refuses repetitions (1950+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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