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Do you strive to do the impossible? You might have heard someone say this!

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The rebus depicts a knot next to the word "shot" in an elongated font.

Hence, the answer is "not [knot] by [next to] a long shot."

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    $\begingroup$ Please hide your answer behind spoiler tags. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Jul 30 '15 at 10:18
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    $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald According to meta, spoiler tags in answers are not required, and I prefer to not use them in my answers. $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 30 '15 at 13:48
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    $\begingroup$ @MarkBannister IMHO, they're unnecessary clutter and only serve to make it more difficult for a user to navigate the site and actually view the posts. At the very least (again, this is simply my personal opinion), answers should still be... well, answers even if all the content inside of spoiler tags was removed. $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 30 '15 at 14:56
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    $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald I'm not speaking as a moderator but as a regular user here—I simply prefer not to use spoiler tags, and this is a personal style choice that I can choose to apply to my own answers. If this bothers you, you can install a userscript such as this one to hide the answers until you click a button. $\endgroup$ – Doorknob Jul 30 '15 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ If anyone wishes to reopen the discussion on when/whether spoiler tags are appropriate in answers, please do so on Puzzling Meta. The way to make your point is not by editing this answer, but is rather by opening a discussion and providing new opinions on Meta. $\endgroup$ – Aza Jul 30 '15 at 19:46

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