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potshot

[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
1858, "shot taken at animal simply to kill for food," in other words, to get it in the pot, not for sporting or marksmanship. Extended sense of "opportunistic criticism" first recorded 1926.
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Slang definitions & phrases for pot shot

potshot

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take a potshot at someone


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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