cheap shot


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cheap shot

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

or

cheapshot

n
Austral and US an abusive remark
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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.
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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"
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Translations

cheap shot

nunfaire Bemerkung; that was a cheap shotdas war unfair, das ging unter die Gürtellinie (inf)
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AIDAN O'MAHONY has hit out at Sean Cavanagh for what he says was a "cheap shot" at Mickey Harte.
Tubid, meanwhile, hit Felizarta with a cheap shot while security brought the court intruder to the back area of the Big Dome.
He was spared of suspension as his cheap shot on Banchero escaped the eyes of the referees, and was only caught on video.
Giggs, meanwhile, said he felt that Ethan Ampadu had been the victim of "a cheap shot" following a poor high challenge by Kasper Dolberg.
My friend shared the meme in response, knowing it was a cheap shot -- in fact, choosing it because it was a cheap shot -- that would upset the foe.
NB: Ad hominem is a cheap shot, one that has become far too common today.
The big disappointment for a lot of people who know Sam is the number of ex-players - who don't know him and understand enough about Sam - that have come out and had a bit of a cheap shot towards him."
"My disappointment once Broughy and Eorl (Crabtree) and Robbo (Luke Robinson) got knocked out was that our blokes didn't rip in and absolutely knock 10 bells out of the bloke that did it, because one cheap shot deserves another.
Kiwi international Locke finished with 16 points from a try and six goals, but Giants coach Paul Anderson labelled Tasi's hit on Danny Brough a cheap shot.
London, March 21 ( ANI ): The Rolling Stones members have slammed the claims that they used to compare L'Wren Scott to Yoko Ono and said that it was a "cheap shot".
Defence Minister Anna Soubry accused the broadcaster of defaming the royal and branded the joke as a 'cheap shot'.
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