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 Meanwhile, there’s bad blood simmering between hotshot Gordon Cooper (Colin O’Donoghue) and decorated veteran Gus Grissom (Michael Trotter). Washington Post, "Whatever ‘The Right Stuff’ is, this Disney Plus adaptation could use more of it," 8 Oct. 2020 Human Firefighters continue to go direct on the fire around the community of Estacada, with the help of hotshot crews and engines. oregonlive, "Oregon wildfires Saturday: Details, maps, evacuation information for state’s biggest blazes," 12 Sep. 2020 Nine engines, two hotshot crews, an ambulance, air support and other resources have been deployed to the fire. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Superstition Fire doubles in size to 4,400 acres in Tonto National Forest," 26 Aug. 2020 Three hotshot firefighting crews and two other firefighting crews, including Craig Fire, are on scene. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Streeter Fire in Moffat County burned more than 1,000 acres Tuesday," 7 July 2020 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

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First Known Use of hotshot

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Oct 2020

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“Hotshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 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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