AskDefine | Define potshot

Dictionary Definition



1 a shot taken at an easy or casual target (as by a pothunter)
2 criticism aimed at an easy target and made without careful consideration; "reporters took potshots at the mayor"

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Alternative spellings


  1. A shot taken at an easy or random target
  2. Unwarranted, invalid or inaccurate criticism.


shot at a random target
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Extensive Definition

Potshot can refer to at least two things:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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