pot shot

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also pot shot  (pŏt′shŏt′)
1. A random or easy shot.
2. A criticism made without careful thought and aimed at a handy target for attack: reporters taking potshots at the mayor.

[So called because such a shot is fired by a hunter whose main purpose is to get food for the pot.]

pot shot



1. (Hunting) a chance shot taken casually, hastily, or without careful aim
2. (Hunting) a shot fired to kill game in disregard of the rules of sport
3. (Hunting) a shot fired at quarry within easy range, often from an ambush

pot shot

n to take a potshot at sthsparare a casaccio contro qc
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