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cheap shot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cheap shot an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence "he called a penalty on them when the lineman took a cheap shot at the quarterback"
    • n cheap shot an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
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Idioms

Cheap shot - A cheap shot is an unprincipled criticism.
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Usage

In literature:

Abe Johnson shot him; he was fooling around Johnson's wife, an' Tom sold me the mine dirt cheap.
"The Land of Little Rain" by Mary Austin
I had brought out a shot-gun of my own, and I borrowed a cheap Mauser sporting rifle from the store.
"Prester John" by John Buchan
Over the array of cheap jewelry, of banjos, shot-guns, and razors, his eyes moved idly.
"The Lost Road" by Richard Harding Davis
Threw the hot shot into me proper for a cheap skate swindler, eh?
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
A cheap shot-gun is far more dangerous than a cheap rifle.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
But the Indians were armed with cheap trade guns and were at best poor shots.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The woman shot the bolts and picked up the cheap pink glass lamp without answering.
"Command" by William McFee
Ye see, I hadn't too many shots in the locker, and wanted to do the thing cheap.
"Seven Frozen Sailors" by George Manville Fenn
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In news:

'Homelessness' headline a cheap shot .
Romney takes cheap shot, gets one back.
Regina Rage quarterback Nikki Johnson had already taken a cheap shot from Toronto Triumph defender Devin Burton earlier in the game.
When we asked which NFC North franchise is closer to the playoffs, Chicago or Detroit, a few of you felt compelled to inject the standard cheap shot/dose of realism.
I'm sure that he sorely misses those drunken days of debauchery at the heels of Blackie Sherrod, but to take cheap shots at today's writers reeks of grumpy-old-man syndrome.
Snap judgments and cheap shots 1.
When I criticized President-elect Bush for indecision last December (he had "hit the ground limping, " I wrote), the remark was labeled a "cheap shot".
Anthony made a three-pointer while taking a cheap shot to the groin from Argentinian Facundo Campazzo.
Not JUST a Cheap Shot-But a Low Blow AND a Fact.
In response to the cheap shots aimed at Chick-fil-A, I ate at a Chick-fil-A just now.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that former Vice President Dick Cheney took "cheap shots" in his forthcoming memoir, and that he was taking his aggressive promotional techniques "a bit too far.
Sometime in the late '80s, during a typical internecine squabble at the Voice, I took a cheap shot, in the form of a letter to the editor, at Nat Hentoff.
Law & Apple: Samsung's Sour Grapes and Cheap Shots.
Recently recalled enforcer well-aware of cheap shot on Backstrom.
If you think the recent photo of Barack Obama wearing a turban is a cheap shot, well you ain't seen nothin' yet.
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