give a shot

  • To give it a shot can mean exactly as pescara says. For example, that's a pretty long swim for me, but I'll give it a shot. However "give a shot" can also be used sometimes. For example, I don't think you can do it, but I'm going to give you a shot [at it] just to see if you can make the grade. So you can also "give someone a shot (at it/something)".
     
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