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.
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How to use potshot in a sentence
No; he had stalked his small bird till he got within thirty yards of the bough where it was perched, and taken a steady pot-shot.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys | Lewis Hough
"They're droppin' back to pot-shot us," Blackburn said to Shorty.The Trail Horde | Charles Alden Seltzer
He's probably scared some German sympathizer may take a pot shot at him for filling these contracts.The Gray Mask | Wadsworth Camp
He's there in the back room, I reckon, but he's damn liable to take a pot shot at you when you go in.Bob Hampton of Placer | Randall Parrish
Some men in the mob had rifles and now and then a pot-shot would be taken at the fleeing figure.The Centralia Conspiracy | Ralph Chaplin
British Dictionary definitions for pot shot
a chance shot taken casually, hastily, or without careful aim
a shot fired to kill game in disregard of the rules of sport
a shot fired at quarry within easy range, often from an ambush
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