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pot shot

1. 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, an unfair or opportunistic insult or criticism, especially one directed at someone who is vulnerable. 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!
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To oblige him we started to take pot-shots at his hands or arms, but were afraid to take too careful an aim as we might have had our own heads drilled through.
I've had a look at the stats and we had 19 shots, but we lacked a bit of quality in the final third and ended up taking pot-shots from 30 or 40 yards, which is not us.
This is the same fame-hungry Katie who has been taking pot-shots at Ultimo entrepreneur Michelle Mone.
But Wenger was in a prickly mood when asked about criticism by fans - and took verbal pot-shots at journalists, accusing them of having a poor memory.
10 years ago A SUSPECTED sniper who was taking pot-shots at a train could have led to disaster, transport police warned.
He was spotted taking pot-shots with an air rifle at people walking their pets through Middle Herrington Park in Sunderland.
PC Millar, 41, had an exemplary record with nearly 23 years in Cheshire Police and had been put up for a national bravery award after tackling a deranged woman taking pot-shots at people with a gun in an incident in 2008.
That the arms-bearers wore balaclavas was sinister, I admit, but Saunders had taken potentially lethal pot-shots at a neighbour's daughter's bedroom window and other nearby gardens.
ColinWebb, chairman of the NWSPCA, described the shooting as "horrific" and added: "Obviously somebody took pot-shots at the dog.
Manchester United were at the top and people were always taking pot-shots at them.
It takes pot-shots at Saddam Hussein's barbarity but isn't exactly kind about America either.
A TEENAGER was arrested yesterday after taking pot-shots at primary school pupils with an air gun as they played outside.
Coun Mick Rice (Lab Sparkbrook) complained that Birmingham representatives in the Commons were obsessed with taking pot-shots at the city council rather than fighting for the city.
A MAD air gunner is taking pot-shots at drunks in a Scots town.