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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: pot + shot; from the idea of shooting something to cook it and eat it

pot shot

noun
     
pot shot

take a pot shot at somebody/something

a) to shoot at someone or something without aiming very carefully:
The boy took a pot shot at a pigeon with his air gun.
b) to criticize someone or something unfairly without thinking carefully about it:
He enjoys taking pot shots at the government whenever the opportunity arises.

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