A Shot In The Arm (Idiom)
The phrase “a shot in the arm” means “a stimulus”; originally this meant a stimulus from the injection of narcotic or medicinal drugs
- (Lit.) an injection of medicine. The doctor administered the antidote to the poison by a shot in the arm.
- (Fig.) a boost or act of encouragement. The pep talk was a real shot in the arm for all the guys. The good test grade was a shot in the arm for Gary.
- (Fig.) a drink of liquor. I could use a little shot in the arm. How about a little shot in the arm, bartender?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
‘Shot in the arm’ recent usage in news (Shot in the arm in a sentence)
- Modi’s coming will be shot in the arm for Indian economy
- Dhillion gets a shot in the arm as Khatra pledges support
- Well the last set of opinion polls should have given a shot in the arm to the market.
Popeye gets a shot in the arm as he eats spinach