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potshot

[ pot-shot ]
/ 藞p蓲t藢蕛蓲t /
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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路shot or pot路shot路ted, pot路shot路ting.
to fire or aim potshots: critics potshotting at the administration.
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Origin of potshot

First recorded in 1855鈥60; pot1 + shot1
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British Dictionary definitions for potshot

pot shot

noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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