[hot shot for 1; hot shot for 2]
- incandescent shot fired to set enemy ships or buildings on fire.
- hotshot(defs 4, 6).
Origin of hot shot
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for hot shot
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
Well, come on, hot-shot, we still got a lot of cleaning to do.Sabotage in Space
The hot-shot of the enemy's batteries were falling in the streets, and flames were breaking out in all parts of the town.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.