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hot shot

[hot shot for 1; hot shot for 2]
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noun
  1. incandescent shot fired to set enemy ships or buildings on fire.
  2. hotshot(defs 4, 6).
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Origin of hot shot

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for hot shot

Historical Examples

  • If the range isn't right the hot-shot will be of no service.'

    Military Career of Napoleon the Great

    Montgomery B. Gibbs

  • "You don't have to say a word, hot-shot," interrupted Astro.

    The Space Pioneers

    Carey Rockwell

  • Well, come on, hot-shot, we still got a lot of cleaning to do.

    Sabotage in Space

    Carey Rockwell

  • The hot-shot of the enemy's batteries were falling in the streets, and flames were breaking out in all parts of the town.