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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.


  1. an impressively successful or skillful and often vain person.
  2. Railroads. an express freight train.
  3. a firefighter.


/ ˈhɒtˌʃɒt /


  1. informal.
    an important person or expert, esp when showy

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hotshot1

First recorded in 1595–1605; hot + shot 1

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Example Sentences

Almost a third of California’s 49 federal hotshot crews — elite groups that battle the hottest parts of forest fires — are so short-staffed that they will not be able to activate as a full unit, the smokejumper said.

More public awareness of the internet’s origins might have led to a more accountable cyberworld than the one designed by hotshot technologists.

In an ideal world, the corporate hotshots who put together a debacle deal like AT&T buying Time Warner would lose their jobs.

Right now the conversations around newsletters are revolving around which journalist recently joined Substack and which hotshot business newsletter was recently acquired.

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On the flip side, a hotshot algorithm inspired by the brain called reinforcement learning pushed neuroscientists to re-examine how we respond to feedback as we learn.

Amir moves from a swaggering hotshot who seems to know it all to a broken man now questioning everything.

The action focuses on the decision-making process of a movie studio hotshot.

But, the hotshot billionaire may have some secrets of his own.

When Djokovic burst onto the scene after winning the Aussie Open in 2008, he was a brash hotshot challenging Federer and Nadal.

Whip is a hotshot, sauced-up captain whose substance-abuse habit crash-lands him, quite literally, into a whole heap of trouble.


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More About Hotshot

What does hotshot mean?

A hotshot is someone who’s highly talented and successful in a particular field, especially someone who’s cocky about it.

Hotshot can also be used as an adjective to describe such a person. When it’s used as an adjective, it typically modifies a noun that refers to a person’s profession or position, as in hotshot programmer and hotshot quarterback.

Example: I heard they brought in some hotshot lawyer to take over the case.

Where does hotshot come from?

The first records of hotshot come from the late 1500s. The word originally referred to a hothead, especially one itching to shoot a gun due to anger. Later, the word was used as a slang term for an express train. In the 1920s and 1930s, the term gained popularity as a word for highly skilled athletes or talented people in other professions.

People who are very talented can get a little obnoxious, and this is often what hotshot implies: hotshots are good and they know it. And they’ll let you know it, too—hotshots love to show off their skill. The word is especially applied to young people who have achieved unusual success for their age. It’s especially used in situations in which such a person challenges a person who’s more experienced and more established in a particular field or position. A lot of movies have this exact premise. The hotshot pilot who’s a bit dangerous. The hotshot attorney who’s going to change the system. The hotshot rookie who learns a thing or two from the wily veteran.

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How is hotshot used in real life?

Hotshot is typically used in at least a mildly negative way to imply that such a person is overly confident or maybe isn’t as good as they think they are. It’s most negative when it’s used to address someone directly, as in Let’s see you try to do it, hotshot!

Try using hotshot!

Which of the following people is most likely to be described as a hotshot?

A. a brash attorney who wins every case
B. a cocky young basketball star
C. a whiz-kid programmer who talks a big game and backs it up
D. all of the above




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