noun, often attributive
hot·​shot | \ ˈhät-ˌshät How to pronounce hotshot (audio) \

Definition of hotshot

1 : a fast freight
2 : a person who is conspicuously talented or successful a hotshot lawyer

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Examples of hotshot in a Sentence

The company has hired a couple of young hotshots to revamp its advertising campaign. That guy thinks he's a real hotshot.
Recent Examples on the Web Also on Tuesday, the Yavapai County Courthouse in downtown Prescott will ring the bell 19 times — once for each hotshot — beginning at 4:42 p.m. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, "Remembering the Granite Mountain Hotshots: 7th anniversary ceremony to be different this year," 25 June 2020 More than 300 fire personnel have responded to the fire, including 11 engines, three hotshot crews, two helicopters and one air attack tanker, officials said. Fox News, "Arizona wildfires rage as blaze northeast of Phoenix spurs evacuations, 2 other fires grow," 16 June 2020 Near Tucson, hotshot crews were able to gain 22% containment of the 13,200-acre Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Helen Wieffering, azcentral, "Arizona wildfires: Evacuations ordered for Bush Fire; Magnum and Bighorn fires continue to burn," 15 June 2020 But the hotshots were an elite crew, and Dustin was a good firefighter. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Granite Mountain Hotshots: Five years on, Dustin DeFord's family finds peace in faith," 29 June 2018 Seasons: 1 Sorjonen (Bordertown) It's a familiar tale: a hotshot detective, worn out by his work in national law enforcement, takes a small-town job to spend more time with his family in the countryside. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, "13 Scandinavian TV Shows Worth Binge-watching (Video)," 19 May 2020 Frank Carroll, a retired 31-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service, has a son who is a federal hotshot firefighter. Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, "California faces a perilous fire season as coronavirus threatens firefighters," 10 May 2020 His contact was Mike Rush, who’d been guitar tech for Jake E. Lee, the latest hotshot guitarist in heavy-metal star Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. Matt Wake |, al, "Alabama native on trying out for Ozzy Osbourne’s band in the ’80s," 4 May 2020 In addition to Beckett on piano and behind the console, Alabama musicians on the sessions included Shoals-via-Birmingham guitar hotshot Wayne Perkins, who’d graced Bob Marley and Rolling Stones cuts. Matt Wake |, al, "John Prine’s Muscle Shoals album, Alabama inspirations," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hotshot

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Jul 2020

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“Hotshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hotshot

informal : a talented and successful person : someone who is successful or skillful in a showy or flashy way

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