- a shot fired at game merely for food, with little regard to skill or the rules of sport.
- a shot at an animal or person within easy range, as from ambush.
- a casual or aimless shot.
- a random or incidental criticism: to take a potshot at military spending in a speech on taxation.
- to fire or aim potshots: critics potshotting at the administration.
Origin of potshot
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Examples from the Web for potshot
Palin takes a potshot back in the book, mentioning Schmidt's "rotund physique."Top 15 Palin Book Leaks
The Daily Beast
November 14, 2009
I remember very distinctly saying, "Did you take the potshot at General Walker?"Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Word Origin and History for potshot
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