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give it your best shot: meaning and explanation

If you give it your best shot, you try as hard as you can to do something, or do something as well as you can.

We can use this phrase about the future to say that we intend to try our best, e.g. I can’t promise that I’ll make a success of the business, but I’ll certainly give it my best shot.

We can also use the phrase to refer to the past. In these cases, it is often to say that we failed in spite of trying our best, e.g. I gave it my best shot, but sadly I was not accepted for the position.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: North America

I'll my , but I'll be change .
I'll it my best , but I I'll be to change his .

Discussion questions

Write your answer to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Using the new language, think of a time when you tried your best to achieve something (you gave it your best shot) but were unsuccessful.
  • I’m running a half marathon in a few weeks. I doubt I’ll improve on previous times, but I’m going to give it my best shot. Do you have anything coming up that you are not 100% confident about achieving or succeeding in, but will do your best anyway?

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