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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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Gauribidanur (Karnataka) [India], May 08 ( ANI ): Taking a pot shot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that he only says his 'Mann Ki Baat', but does not listen to what the country has to say to him.
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The 33-year-old turned the tables and declared on his Twitter site: "I demand Jack Straw pays the pounds 7billion he squandered on the Iraq war we didn't want." He then took a pot shot at the politician's son William who was caught selling cannabis in 1997.
Funny how when you get a few quid in your pocket, you start to take a pot shot at your countrymen.
Davies stuck the ball into the roof of the net - and was unlucky to see a brilliant pot shot strike the far post.
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And as for Douglas Lumsden, pictured, rather than taking pot shots at other party members, he could put on a boiler suit and assist with bin collections, as in my opinion he would be better suited doing that than what he is doing now.