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pot shot

1. Literally, a shot fired easily or recklessly. The phrase comes from hunting (in which shots ideally yield food for one's pot). You boys can't just take pot shots at any creature you see—there are rules we have to follow out here! Why did you fire a pot shot like that and betray our position to the enemy?
2. By extension, a reckless or careless remark directed at a vulnerable person. Now that everyone knows I was involved in that scandal, the reporters love taking pot shots at me.
See also: pot, shot

potshot

n. a sharp criticism; a wild shot of criticism. (Usually with take.) Please stop taking potshots at me!
References in classic literature ?
Bank-thieves; the one that had the pot shots was the very brute I drove out of the bank at Coburg, with a bullet in him
Now, I'd like to know what the eternal thunders we was marched into these woods for anyhow, unless it was to give the rebs a regular pot shot at us.
82 stunned O'Sullivan, who has taken pot shots at some of the game's lesser lights, with a 4-1 win at the Northern Ireland Open.
Stop taking pot shots at force I AM not surprised at the hoo-ha in the media regarding the destruction of the stray dog that was a serious risk to humans on the A55.
Taking pot shots at politicians in Washington, Dimon said, 'I don't know if she fully understands the global banking system.
Fletcher thinks McManaman, and United's other critics, have been desperate to take pot shots at the club as a consequence of their recent success.
Ever since he floated the MNS, Raj has been taking pot shots at Bachchan for not speaking in Marathi " despite staying in Mumbai for years".
SUPERSTAR Madonna was aiming to be top of the pot shots as she enjoyed a spot of paintball with her children.
PATIENTS, visitors and staff at a Midland hospital dived for cover when teenagers took pot shots at them with an air gun.
Farmers want permission to take pot shots at the beasts because badgers are blamed for spreading deadly bovine tuberculosis in cattle.
PAUL BURR IT was a rare treat to see Newcastle have three pot shots in a row by different players in the opposition's box to score.
Ball, who is also in the race for the job, claimed that Ed Miliband's supporters are taking pot shots at brother David's "eccentric personality".
AN AIRGUN sniper took pot shots at children in a school playground - injuring two teens.
PANATHINAIKOS keeper Alexandros Tzorvas has become a marked man after an Olympiakos fan took pot shots at him with an airgun.
It's obvious that there're some pot shots being taken and some inside jokes going over my head, and as a way of settling a grudge, making a 'zine about it might not be the worst thing you can do.