- highly successful and aggressive: a hotshot lawyer; a hotshot account exec.
- displaying skill flamboyantly: a hotshot ballplayer.
- moving, going, or operating without a stop; fast: a hotshot express.
- an impressively successful or skillful and often vain person.
- Railroads. an express freight train.
- a firefighter.
Origin of hotshot
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- informal an important person or expert, esp when showy
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Word Origin and History for hotshot
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