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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some other Republicans criticized the use of the video as a cheap shot. Josh Dawsey,, 11 June 2022 Some other conservatives criticized the use of the video as a cheap shot. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 Three hundred and one days after Claude Lemieux’s cheap shot on Kris Draper, the Wings punched back. Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2022 Mac, of course, was Darren McCarty, who on March 26 at The Joe pummeled Claude Lemieux for his cheap shot on Draper in the 1996 conference finals. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 Even people who adored Manolete always managed to tack on some gratuitous cheap shot about the unpleasantness of his face. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Which brings me to McCaskey’s cheap shot at Olin Kreutz. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2022 That’s a cheap shot by Finebaum, given Browns fans had a close-up look at the Manziel calamity in Cleveland. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 9 Jan. 2022 As for Garoppolo, likening him to Wally Pipp isn’t a cheap shot. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cheap shot

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jul 2022

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“Cheap shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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