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hotshot

[hot-shot]Slang.
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  1. highly successful and aggressive: a hotshot lawyer; a hotshot account exec.
  2. displaying skill flamboyantly: a hotshot ballplayer.
  3. moving, going, or operating without a stop; fast: a hotshot express.
noun Also hot shot (for defs 4, 6).
  1. an impressively successful or skillful and often vain person.
  2. Railroads. an express freight train.
  3. a firefighter.

Origin of hotshot

First recorded in 1595–1605; hot + shot1
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hotshot

noun
  1. informal an important person or expert, esp when showy
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Word Origin and History for hotshot

n.

"important person," 1933; see hot + shot (n.). It earlier meant "fast train" (1925), and "reckless person" (c.1600).

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