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potshot

noun pot·shot \ ˈpät-ˌshät \

Definition of potshot

1 : a shot taken from ambush or at a random or easy target
2 : a critical remark made in a random or sporadic manner

Examples of potshot in a Sentence

  1. A sniper was on the roof taking potshots at passing cars.

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Origin and Etymology of potshot

from the notion that such a shot is unsportsmanlike and worthy only of one whose object is to fill the cooking pot


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potshot

verb

Definition of potshot

potshot; potshotting
intransitive verb
: to take a potshot
transitive verb
: to attack or shoot with a potshot

Examples of potshot in a Sentence

  1. ended the show with an extended rant in which he potshot an array of personages on the right

First Known Use of potshot

1913


POTSHOT Defined for English Language Learners

potshot

noun

Definition of potshot for English Language Learners

  • : a gunshot that is fired in a careless way or at an easy target



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