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cheap shot

noun
1.
a covert, unsportsmanlike, and illegal act of deliberate roughness, especially in football, often calculated to injure an opponent.
2.
any mean or unsportsmanlike remark or action, especially one directed at a defenseless or vulnerable person.
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Examples for cheap shot
  • But with the goal of understanding, not taking the cheap shot.
  • Some have tried to take a cheap shot at that by saying it is numerology.
  • But that would be too easy, and a cheap shot to boot.
  • It was a cheap shot, and it's important to set the record straight.
  • The so-called vote of no confidence amounted to only a cheap shot against the chief.
  • But you also knew he'd never belittle you, he'd never take a cheap shot.
  • Its a rather cheap shot to lie about what someone said and then use your own fabrication as proof the other guys is lying.
  • It is an easy, simplistic cheap shot to blame immigrants for all of these.
Slang definitions & phrases for cheap shot

cheap shot

modifier

: some dirtymouth comedian who made cheap-shot race jokes

noun phrase

(also shot) A malicious insult or action; something crude, underhanded, and damaging: Well, the race for governor isn't a festival of cheap shots/ Keenan shouted, ''Didn't you just take what is known as a cheap shot?''

verb phrase

: He'd say ''Hey, don't cheap shot my son''/ If a person's going to cheapshot me, it just shows how low he is (1960s+ Sports)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with cheap shot
An unfair or unsporting verbal attack, as in You called him an amateur? That's really taking a cheap shot. The term originated in sports, especially American football, where it signifies deliberate roughness against an unprepared opponent. [ ; second half of 1900s ]
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