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Are these both correct? "He has a long shot at being the next president." "He is a long shot at being the next president."

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    Both are reasonably idiomatic.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 11, 2020 at 2:46
  • It's not a shooting metaphor. It's a racing metaphor. A long shot is high odds, and it's the candidate who's the horse, so we say the candidate is a long-shot the way we might say the candidate is the favorite. Nov 11, 2020 at 2:48

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