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cheap shot

a covert, unsportsmanlike, and illegal act of deliberate roughness, especially in football, often calculated to injure an opponent.
any mean or unsportsmanlike remark or action, especially one directed at a defenseless or vulnerable person. Unabridged
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cheap shot


: some dirtymouth comedian who made cheap-shot race jokes

noun phrase

(also shot) A malicious insult or action; something crude, underhanded, and damaging: Well, the race for governor isn't a festival of cheap shots/ Keenan shouted, ''Didn't you just take what is known as a cheap shot?''

verb phrase

: He'd say ''Hey, don't cheap shot my son''/ If a person's going to cheapshot me, it just shows how low he is (1960s+ Sports)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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cheap shot

An unfair or unsporting verbal attack, as in You called him an amateur? That's really taking a cheap shot. The term originated in sports, especially American football, where it signifies deliberate roughness against an unprepared opponent. [ ; second half of 1900s ]
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