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Difference between Give it a shot and Give it the gun

give it a shot—(coll.) give smth. a try; attempt to do smth. unfamiliar:

  • I don’t know if my recording skills are up to par but I just might give it a shot.

give it the gun —(coll.) cause a vehicle to accelerate rapidly:

  • Even when I would stand in the road and make motions to help me, they would turn out around me and give it the gun.