Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A random or easy shot.
  • noun A criticism made without careful thought and aimed at a handy target for attack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A shot taken at an easy or random target.
  • noun Criticism of an easy target; a cheap shot.
  • verb To fire potshots.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a shot taken at an easy or casual target (as by a pothunter)
  • noun criticism aimed at an easy target and made without careful consideration

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[So called because such a shot is fired by a hunter whose main purpose is to get food for the pot.]

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