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cheap shot

noun

sports : an unfair hit made against an opponent

: something that one person says about another that is not kind or fair : a critical and unfair comment

Full Definition of CHEAP SHOT

1
:  an act of deliberate roughness against a defenseless opponent especially in a contact sport <taking cheap shots at the quarterback>
2
:  a critical statement that takes unfair advantage of a known weakness of the target
cheap–shot transitive verb

Examples of CHEAP SHOT

  1. He took a cheap shot at the quarterback.
  2. a cheap shot to the back of the head
  3. The remark about his weight was a cheap shot.

First Known Use of CHEAP SHOT

1971

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