1. (Aus.) baking powder [play on SE shot/powder].
|Outback in Aus. 146: [They] had called at his particular station for the proverbial free pannikin of ‘dust’ (flour) [and] pinch of ‘shot’ (baking powder).|
2. a very hard cake [SE shot, a cannonball].
3. dried peas [? SE shot, the lead shot contained in a shotgun cartridge].
|(con. 1899) Shanghaied Out of Frisco 186: Cracker Hash—another wonderful sea cookery mélange consisting of pounded sea biscuit companioned with dried peas—(‘Shot’) boiled for half an hour with a lump of very fat pork.|
4. anything very hard to understand or believe.
5. (US Und.) the detonation of an explosive during safe-breaking [SE shot, an electrical device for detonating the shot].
|Man’s Grim Justice 73: We made the first shot on the vault door [...] he could see the reddish blue-white flash which preceded the explosion.|
|DAUL 193/2: Shot. [...] 4. The quantity of explosive used in safe-blowing or the actual detonation.et al.|
6. (Aus.) an abortion.
|(con. 1936–46) Winged Seeds (1984) 96: The girls at work, I’ve heard them talking about having a ‘shot’; and it being nothing to make a fuss about.|
7. a blow, a hit.
|Never Come Morning (1988) 87: Friend of mine took a couple of shots at a farmer we was rollin’.|
|Tomboy (1952) 86: If he tries any funny stuff, he’ll get a shot in the teeth.|
|Mad mag. Aug.–Sept. 5: You pin his arms behind his back while I give him a shot in the head.|
|Jungle Kids (1967) 106: I give him a shot in the arm to shut him up.‘See Him Die’ in|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 267: Who ya gonna give a shot in the head, eh?|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 227: He gave me a fuckin’ shot in the nose, I thought I din’t have no face left.|
|Carlito’s Way 10: Spook would run — one shot — lay ’im out.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 27: Bud picked a great first shot [...] Bud broke his nose, his jaw.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 54: I’d busted Shane in the face with my best shots.|
|Guardian Rev. 14 Jan. 12: I hooked him a beautiful shot.|
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 108: ‘This one girl got her teeth, her teeth missing ’cause she gots so many mouth shots’.|
|Alphaville (2011) 11: The rib shot has done a number on him.|
8. (US black) a professional pickpocket; thus shot broad, a female pickpocket.
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl. 45: shot [...] a negro pickpocket.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 208: shot A colored pickpocket.|
|DAUL 193/2: Shot. [...] 2. A pickpocket, especially one who can work alone successfully.et al.|
|‘The Fall’ in Life (1976) 81: She was a good shot broad and a pro at fraud.et al.|
|‘Sporting Life’ in Life (1976) 162: There’s the cool old shot at the busy bus stop / Scanning on a hide.et al.|
9. (US prison) a friend.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Shot: [a] Friend.|
10. (UK drugs) a puff on a marijuana or crack cocaine pipe [synon. for hit n. (3e)].
|Apples (2023) 30: I took another shot off someone’s bucket.|
11. (UK drugs) on who purchases drugs.
|Forensic Linguistic Databank 🌐 Shot - buyer of drugs.(ed.) ‘Drill Slang Glossary’ at|