Why was clemency trending last week?
[fr the Old West practice of having an armed guard with a shotgun riding beside the driver on the stagecoaches]
beaver shot, call the shots, cheap shot, drop case, give something a shot, give something one's best shot, grab shot, half-shot, have a crack at something, hot shot, long shot, mug shot, not by a long shot, one-shot
[the drinking senses are shortenings of an early 1800s expression shot in the neck, meaning both ''a drink'' and ''drunk''; shoot, ''to guess,'' is found by 1864]
A warning or admonition: White House dithering led the Republican whip to fire a warning shot across the Administration's bow
[1990s+; fr an old naval practice]