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

  • n. A random or easy shot.
  • n. A criticism made without careful thought and aimed at a handy target for attack: reporters taking potshots at the mayor.

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

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

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

Etymologies

So called because such a shot is fired by a hunter whose main purpose is to get food for the pot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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