pot shot

pot shot
a) A haphazard shot with a firearm, taken with careless aim, often fired at a random target.

Why should Jonathan, Ruth and all the others have to stay out there like sitting ducks as policemen and their smug reporter friends took pot shots at them?

b) A shot taken from a hidden stakeout.

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  • pot shot — n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: pot + shot; from the idea of shooting something to cook it and eat it] take a pot shot at sb/sth a) to shoot at someone or something without aiming very carefully ▪ The boy took a pot shot at a pigeon with his air gun …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pot|shot — «POT SHOT», noun, verb, shot|ted, shot|ting. –n. 1. a shot fired at game to get food, with little regard to skill or the rules of sport. 2. a quick shot at or attack against something from close range or from ambush and without careful aim:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pot shot — Lit., a shot fired simply to fill the pot; hence, a shot fired at an animal or person when at rest or within easy range, or fired simply to kill, without reference to the rules of sport; a shot needling no special skill. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pot shot — pot shots also pot shot 1) N COUNT To take a pot shot at someone or something means to shoot at them without taking the time to aim carefully. [INFORMAL] 2) N COUNT A pot shot is a criticism of someone which may be unexpected and unfair.… …   English dictionary

  • pot shot — pot ,shot noun count INFORMAL a criticism that is very unfair or that is made only to make someone look bad take a pot shot at 1. ) to try to shoot a thing or person in a way that is not skillful 2. ) to criticize someone or something in an… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pot shot — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms pot shot : singular pot shot plural pot shots informal a criticism that is rather unfair or that is made only to make someone look bad • take a pot shot at …   English dictionary

  • pot shot — /ˈpɒt ʃɒt / (say pot shot) noun 1. a shot fired at game merely for food, with little regard to skill or the rules of sport. 2. a shot at an animal or person within easy range, as from ambush. 3. a random or aimless shot …  

  • pot shot — netaiklus šūvis statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Šūvis, iššautas nenutaikius pabūklą (minosvaidį, šaulio ginklą ir pan.) į taikinį arba neatkūrus nutaikymo po šūvio. atitikmenys: angl. pot shot; random shot rus. неприцельный выстрел …   Artilerijos terminų žodynas

  • pot-shot — see pot shot …   English dictionary

  • pot shot — noun take a pot shot at to shoot at someone or something without aiming very carefully …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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