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hot shot

[hot shot for 1; hot shot for 2] /ˈhɒt ˈʃɒt for 1; ˈhɒt ˌʃɒt for 2/
incandescent shot fired to set enemy ships or buildings on fire.
hotshot (defs 4, 6).
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hot shot
  • Thinks it such a big hot shot with all its gases and what not.
  • hot shot was nothing but round shot, heated to a red glow over a grate or in a furnace.
Slang definitions & phrases for hot shot

hot shot

  1. : In just a year I'm claiming to be a hot-shot Columbia man myself/ a young, hot-shot second lieutenant
  2. : a hot-shot freight
noun phrase
  1. An especially gifted and effective person; a notably successful person; ball of fire, winner •Often used ironically: What has been written about executives has usually dealt with the hot shots/ You're not pushing around some crummy client to show him what a hot-shot you are (1933+)
  2. A fast train or express train (1930+ Railroad)
  3. A news bulletin; a news flash: When that hot-shot came in about Monahan's death (1940s+)
  4. A narcotics injection that is fatal because of an impurity or poison: You got a hot shot! You're dead (1950s+ Narcotics)

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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