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cheap shot

1. A physical blow struck against someone who is unready or unprepared. If often applies to sports in which physical contact is involved. Duane just sucker-punched Jimbo. What a cheap shot! The boxer took a cheap shot against his opponent before the round started, and the referee halted the match.
2. A mean or unfair criticism. I didn't appreciate that cheap shot you took at me at the party. You made me look foolish in front of our friends.
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cheap shot

An unfair or unsporting verbal attack, as in You called him an amateur? That's really taking a cheap shot. The term originated in sports, especially American football, where it signifies deliberate roughness against an unprepared opponent. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
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a cheap shot

If you describe something critical that someone says as a cheap shot, you mean that it is unfair or unpleasant. It would be a cheap shot, of course, to say anything about his hair. The cartoon is a cheap shot that will draw a guilty chuckle from even the most sensitive reader.
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cheap shot

n. a remark that takes advantage of someone else’s vulnerability. It’s easy to get a laugh with a cheap shot at cats.
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If we see the chance of a cheap shot to gain a point, we should NOT take it if we honestly think we couldn't have done better ourselves.
No harm intended, and thanks for indulging my cheap shot.
First, obviously we disagree that it was a cheap shot," he said.
Despite the generally high level on which he proceeds, he invites some confusion by displaying a taste for terminological quibbling, and even for an occasional cheap shot.
We've been waiting for them to bring a proposal to the table and instead they deliver this cheap shot to the Canton community.
Standhardinger, after several plays, then gave out a cheap shot on Dhulfiqar Al-hchaimi while both teams were going back to their respective benches for a TV timeout.
Is it a case of the tail wagging the dog or simply a cheap shot at raising the Plaid candidate's political profile?
The disabled and the able bodied are having to share the same space and a bit of goodwill on both sides is better than taking a cheap shot at people who would work if given the chance.
I APPRECIATE that Anthony Cooney is a published author (ECHO Letters, June 17) but I regard his comments about Robin Hood and Ivanhoe a cheap shot.
RB says: OK, OK, I'm sorry, it was a cheap shot, but if you want expensive shots you're reading the wrong column.
It was a cheap shot which has put me out of the tour,' he said.
Either way, it's a cheap shot designed to strip opponents of their self-respect--and maybe even their sexuality--and nowhere is it used to more immediate and dire effect than in discussing pride ideals, discussions that never make it out of the gate as a result.
The new bishop of Calgary, Frederick Henry, called this "a cheap shot.
These debunking juxtapositions were a little obvious; yes, Japan is a twentieth-century society, and to photograph a liquor-stuffed bar and call it "Temple" - it has a traditional Japanese entablature - is a cheap shot.
And another cheap shot came from former Australian batsman Damien Martyn - you know the one who had that memorable season with Yorkshire in 2003 (I can do cheap shots too) - when he asked on Test Match Special: "Who runs this England team?