Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

throw of the dart

throw of the dart
Meaning(s)
1) something attempted without clear planning or any certainty of success
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    • there was no clear strategy, it was just a throw of the dart
  • Analysis
    Something which is ‘a throw of the dart’ is a chance or risk taken without any assurance of success or positive results. Similar in meaning to ‘a roll of the dice’ or ‘a shot in the dark’.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I didn't really expect anything to come of applying for the job, it was just a random throw of the dart that worked out in my favour.
    2. We weren't sure if our decision to host a conference was a good idea - so our success was really a result of a throw of the dart.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Competing in the baking competition is always a throw of the dart. I really didn't expect to win.
    2. When you buy pharmaceuticals online it's a throw of the dart. You can't be sure they are what was advertised.


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