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Understanding these sayings: Have a shot at, Have a crack...

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 4:46 am
by english-learner
Hello,

I want to know that are these phrases here mean the same:

Have a shot at, Have a whack at, Have crack at, Have a go at, Take a shot at, Take a crack at and Get a shot at.

If not, is there any difference between all of them?

Thanks,
english-learner

Re: Understanding these sayings: Have a shot at, Have a crac

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:53 pm
by DavidB
english-learner wrote:Hello,

I want to know that are these phrases here mean the same:

Have a shot at, Have a whack at, Have crack at, Have a go at, Take a shot at, Take a crack at and Get a shot at.

If not, is there any difference between all of them?

Thanks,
english-learner
I think they pretty much mean the same thing - to try.

For example, imagine some people practicing soccer. Someone offers a chellenge: I bet you can't score a goal from 30 yards!

If someone accepts the challenge, they might say any of the following:

1) I'll have a shot at it.

2) I'll take a shot at it.

3) I'll give it my best shot.

4) I'll have a crack at it.

5) I'll take a crack at it.

Actually, they probably wouldn't say, "I'll have a whack at it." They could, but that sounds a little odd to me. I think they'd be more likely to use the word whack if they're doing something with their arms, like using an axe to chop down a tree.