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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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Examples for potshot
  • Two influential economists take a potshot at financial policymakers.
  • For three yuan, they could take a potshot at a rabbit that was also tied to the ground.
Word Origin and History for potshot
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for 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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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