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noun pot·shot \-ˌshät\

Definition of potshot

  1. 1 :  a shot taken from ambush or at a random or easy target

  2. 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.

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


First Known Use: 1843


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potshot

verb pot·shot

Definition of potshot

potshot

potshotting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to take a potshot

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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>

1913

First Known Use of potshot

1913


POTSHOT Defined for English Language Learners

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potshot

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noun pot·shot \-ˌshät\

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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