Definition of potshot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɒtʃɒt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːtʃɑːt//
(also pot) (informal)
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a shot that somebody fires without aiming carefully Somebody took a potshot at him as he drove past. (figurative) The newspapers took constant potshots at (= criticized) the president. Word Originmid 19th cent.: originally a shot at an animal intended for the pot, i.e. purely for food, rather than for display (which would require skilled shooting according to hunting rules).
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