Pronunciation: (pot'shot"), [key]
—n., v., -shot or -shot•ted, -shot•ting.
1. a shot fired at game merely for food, with little regard to skill or the rules of sport.
2. a shot at an animal or person within easy range, as from ambush.
3. a casual or aimless shot.
4. a random or incidental criticism: to take a potshot at military spending in a speech on taxation.
to fire or aim potshots: critics potshotting at the administration.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.