long chalk="long shot" ?

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Fri Jan 23 00:22:15 UTC 2004

Could the phrase "not by a long shot" which is recorded in the 1860's ....

And, after reading the OED more carefully, the phrase is actually recorded
in the 1840's.

Still, I wonder if they are the same phrase?

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