potshot

[ pot-shot ]
/ ˈpɒtˌʃɒt /

noun

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.

verb (used without object), pot·shot or pot·shot·ted, pot·shot·ting.

to fire or aim potshots: critics potshotting at the administration.

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Origin of potshot

First recorded in 1855–60; pot1 + shot1
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