potshot


1pot·shot

noun \-ˌshät\

: a gunshot that is fired in a careless way or at an easy target

Full Definition of POTSHOT

1
:  a shot taken from ambush or at a random or easy target
2
:  a critical remark made in a random or sporadic manner

Examples of POTSHOT

  1. A sniper was on the roof taking potshots at passing cars.

Origin of POTSHOT

from the notion that such a shot is unsportsmanlike and worthy only of one whose object is to fill the cooking pot
First Known Use: 1843

2potshot

verb
potshotpot·shot·ting

Definition of POTSHOT

intransitive verb
:  to take a potshot
transitive verb
:  to attack or shoot with a potshot

Examples of POTSHOT

  1. <ended the show with an extended rant in which he potshot an array of personages on the right>

First Known Use of POTSHOT

1913

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