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[pot-shot] /ˈpɒtˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
a shot fired at game merely for food, with little regard to skill or the rules of sport.
2.
a shot at an animal or person within easy range, as from ambush.
3.
a casual or aimless shot.
4.
a random or incidental criticism:
to take a potshot at military spending in a speech on taxation.
verb (used without object), potshot or potshotted, potshotting.
5.
to fire or aim potshots:
critics potshotting at the administration.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; pot1 + shot1
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British Dictionary definitions for pot shot

pot shot

noun
1.
a chance shot taken casually, hastily, or without careful aim
2.
a shot fired to kill game in disregard of the rules of sport
3.
a shot fired at quarry within easy range, often from an ambush
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Word Origin and History for pot shot

potshot

n.

also pot-shot, 1836, "shot taken at animal simply to 'get it in the pot,' not for sport or marksmanship;" from pot (n.1) + shot (n.). Extended sense of "opportunistic criticism" first recorded 1926. Cf. pot-hunter "one who shoots whatever he finds; one who kills for food not for sport."

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Slang definitions & phrases for pot shot

potshot

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take a potshot at someone


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