hot·​shot | \ ˈhät-ˌshät How to pronounce hotshot (audio) \
plural hotshots

Definition of hotshot

1 : a talented or successful person who often has a showy or flashy manner There are, of course, people here who believe that most Washington hotshots, journalistic as well as governmental, are fatly overpaid already …— Meg Greenfield … some young hotshots are leaving mutual funds … to set up hedge funds at a rate of more than one a day.— Mitchell Pacelle often used before another noun a hotshot actorThese days, the only teasing that Leinart gets is from friends who tell him that he doesn't take advantage of being a hotshot college quarterback.— Phil Taylor
2 : a person trained to fight forest fires especially in remote areas As a hotshot, his job was to rappel from helicopters into wildfires across the country.— Anton L. Delgado and Dustin Patar often used before another noun [Firefighter Zachary] Resnick said his hotshot crew used to get a break fighting wildfires from late November to late spring. Now, they're on duty nearly year-round.— Lilia Luciano
3 : a fast freight train First is a hotshot, LADAF, an automobile and trailer train from Los Angeles to Dallas ("F" stands for Forwarder). Its route through Texas is roundabout, so LADAF has to really move, and move it does …— Fred W. Frailey

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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 The two seasons Sue Husari spent as a hotshot led to a 45-year career in fire management. Amanda Monthei, Outside Online, 23 July 2020 Interagency hotshot crews have been tasked with strategically planning containment lines to save hundreds of iconic sequoias. CBS News, 11 July 2022 The Pipeline Fire had 561 fire personnel made up of 12 hotshot crews, seven hand crews, 54 engines, nine water tenders and two dozers, per officials. The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2022 In the critically and commercially successful Top Gun: Maverick (2022), Cruise is the old-timer showing young hotshot Miles Teller the ropes. Grayson Quay, The Week, 1 June 2022 On Wednesday, the historic 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, 30 June 2021 In recent years, Mario Badescu has a become hotshot in the self-care world. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 From prolific prize winners to hotshot debuts, the best and brightest books to devour this season. Leah Greenblatt,, 9 May 2022 This year's Big Chief, Dr. Michael Golding, borrowed straight from the Felix playbook and designated one of the precious sponsor exemptions for 18-year-old hotshot Preston Summerhays, an Arizona State freshman. Adam Schupak, The Arizona Republic, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hotshot

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Hotshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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