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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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At the press conference touting NH's loooong-shot bid for Amazon's HQ2, Guv Sununu--when he wasn't taking cheap shots at Boston in particular and Mass.
Reyes sent Standhardinger to the locker room and froze Cruz on the bench after both threw cheap shots in retaliation to the physical plays of the Iraqis.
However, I think a rule change concerning cheap shots and illegal hits could help corral some of the rogue players.
SORRY, but taking cheap shots like "contributes little to the team effort" is both inaccurate and damaging to a player (Papiss Cisse) struggling to re-find his form.
These cheap shots aimed at Lauren and her family by people who believe they are supporting Andrew serve only to sabotage ongoing efforts to settle this matter.
There were a lot of tackles flying around and a couple of cheap shots going on out there, which is disappointing," he said.
Michael Appleton said afterwards: "There were a lot of tackles flying around today and a couple of cheap shots going on out there, which is disappointing.
Appleton said: "There were a lot of tackles flying around - and a couple of cheap shots going on.
There were a lot of tackles flying around today and a couple of cheap shots going on out there, which is disappointing," Appleton (pictured left) said in his post-match press conference.
I hope in his book that that's what he focuses on, not these cheap shots that's he taking at me and other members of the administration.
Perhaps Cameron and his millionaire cronies in Westminster should consider the impact that savage public spending cuts are having on communities up and down the country rather than taking cheap shots at local authorities that are trying to serve the needs of the public under increasing economic challenges.
It's no wonder we can't get a decent train service, when operators and infrastructure suppliers are constantly at each other's throats - even taking out newspaper advertising to make cheap shots at the other side.
I'm afraid Veron Graham fires cheap shots which under these tragic conditions do nothing to stimulate debate.
Alex Salmond's cheap shots about Jack McConnell being nervous about facing him rebounded yesterday.
I felt there were a lot of cheap shots, mostly coming from their side,'' Taylor said.