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pot shot

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1858, shot taken for the (cooking) pot, namely for food; see pothunter.[1] Sense “opportunistic criticism” from 1926.[1]

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pot shot (plural pot shots)

  1. A haphazard shot with a firearm, taken with careless aim, often fired at a random target.
  2. A shot taken from a hidden stakeout.
  3. By analogy, insulting or hurtful words carelessly or randomly said; opportunistic attack, especially criticism.
    • 2007, The Observer, [1]
      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?

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  1. 1.0 1.1 pot shot” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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