cheap shot


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cheap shot

n.
An unfair or unsporting verbal attack on a vulnerable target.

cheap shot

or

cheapshot

n
Austral and US an abusive remark

cheap′ shot′


n.
1. (in sports) a blow, shove, or tackle maliciously directed against an opponent who is defenseless or off guard.
2. any mean or unsportsmanlike remark or action, esp. one directed at a defenseless or vulnerable person.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cheap shot - an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
gibe, jibe, barb, dig, shaft, slam, shot - an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
2.cheap shot - an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence; "he called a penalty on them when the lineman took a cheap shot at the quarterback"
shot - a blow hard enough to cause injury; "he is still recovering from a shot to his leg"; "I caught him with a solid shot to the chin"
Translations

cheap shot

nunfaire Bemerkung; that was a cheap shotdas war unfair, das ging unter die Gürtellinie (inf)
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It was a pretty cheap shot I thought," McCafferty said.