pot shot
1858, shot taken for the (cooking) pot, namely for food; see pothunter. Sense “opportunistic criticism” from 1926. Noun

pot shot (plural pot shots)

  1. A haphazard shot with a firearm, taken with careless aim, often fired at a random target.
  2. A shot taken from a hidden stakeout.
  3. By analogy, insulting or hurtful words carelessly or randomly said; opportunistic attack, especially criticism.
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