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
There are short-term political incentives people see to take potshots at one party or another for these images we see from Afghanistan.The Trailer: Bring the troops home? Why the Afghanistan crisis isn’t reviving the GOP’s hawks. | David Weigel | August 24, 2021 | Washington Post
During the call, Benioff took potshots at competitors that sell both consumer and enterprise technology.Salesforce shares soar 13% on strong growth despite the pandemic | jonathanvanian2015 | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
Palin takes a potshot back in the book, mentioning Schmidt's "rotund physique."
I remember very distinctly saying, "Did you take the potshot at General Walker?"Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
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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