cheap shot


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

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Other Words from cheap shot

cheap-shot \ ˈchēp-​ˌshät How to pronounce cheap shot (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of cheap shot in a Sentence

He took a cheap shot at the quarterback. a cheap shot to the back of the head The remark about his weight was a cheap shot.
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Recent Examples on the Web People in Tampa Bay may not like to hear this, thinking it’s a cheap shot on their fine dining by some trendy South Floridian. Dave Hyde,, 15 May 2021 The Bruins responded after Tom Wilson’s cheap shot on Carlo, with both Jarred Tinordi and Trent Frederic getting in separate fights with the Washington forward., 25 May 2020 As soon as Wilson took his dangerous cheap shot at the back of Buchnevich's head, both Strome and Panarin jumped in to try and pull the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder away. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA TODAY, 4 May 2021 As for the cheap shot at the top about the Saudi Cup, remember that last year’s winner, Maximum Security, still has not received his $10-million share of the purse. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2021 If an opponent takes a cheap shot on Kirill Kaprizov, the Wild can seek retribution two days later and not have to wait possibly a month. Star Tribune, 6 Feb. 2021 Coach Brian Flores turned in a heated performance by going after the Bengals sideline after a second cheap shot on punt returner Jakeem Grant. Dave Hyde,, 6 Dec. 2020 Rivers was at his best Sunday after taking a cheap shot from OLB Pernell McPhee, who shouldered him in the facemask for a 15-yard penalty. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2020 Bridgewater took a cheap shot from Falcons defensive end Charles Harris, who was ejected for delivering a forearm to Bridgewater’s head. Matt Young, Chron, 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cheap shot

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2021

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“Cheap shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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cheap shot


English Language Learners Definition of cheap shot

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


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