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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.]
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1. a shot fired at game merely for food, with little regard to skill or the rules of sport.
2. a shot at an animal or person within easy range, as from ambush.
3. a casual or aimless shot.
4. a random or incidental criticism.
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- Comes from shooting an animal purely for food (pot), rather than for simple conquest.
See also related terms for shooting.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potshot - a shot taken at an easy or casual target (as by a pothunter)
shooting, shot - the act of firing a projectile; "his shooting was slow but accurate"
2.potshot - criticism aimed at an easy target and made without careful consideration; "reporters took potshots at the mayor"
criticism, unfavorable judgment - disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings; "the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"
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