cheap shot


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. che guevara,
  2. che sarà sarà,
  3. cheap,
  4. cheap at twice the price,
  5. cheap out,
  6. cheap skate,
  7. cheap-jack,
  8. cheapen,
  9. cheapie,
  10. cheaply

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Idioms and Phrases with cheap shot

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. [Slang; second half of 1900s]

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