By A Long Shot Meaning
(idiomatic, usually with a negative) By a wide margin; indicates a very big difference or disparity.
Example: He couldn't keep up with me, not by a long shot.â€Ž
He speaks better than he writes, by a long shot.â€Ž
1883, Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi,
'Yes, I do recognize it now. It is the most wonderful thing I ever heard of; by a long shot the most wonderful--and unexpected.'
1913, Jack London, The Valley of the Moon,
Well, he won't find Billy Roberts a sissy by a long shot.
1920, Sinclair Lewis, Main Street,
See here: You KNOW you feel superior to folks. You're not as bad as I say, but you're not as good as you say--not by a long shot! What's the reason you're so superior?