potshot
I. noun Etymology: from the notion that such a shot is unsportsmanlike and worthy only of one whose object is to fill the cooking pot Date: 1858 1. a shot taken from ambush or at a random or easy target 2. a critical remark made in a random or sporadic manner II. verb (potshot; potshotting) Date: 1918 intransitive verb to take a potshot transitive verb to attack or shoot with a potshot

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  • potshot — [19] A potshot was originally a shot taken at an animal or bird simply in order to kill it for food – in order to get it into the ‘pot’, in other words – rather than in accordance with the strict code and precise techniques of shooting as a… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • potshot — n. a sharp criticism; a wild shot of criticism. (Usually with take.) □ Please stop taking potshots at me! □ He took a potshot at my old car …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • potshot — [19] A potshot was originally a shot taken at an animal or bird simply in order to kill it for food – in order to get it into the ‘pot’, in other words – rather than in accordance with the strict code and precise techniques of shooting as a… …   Word origins

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