Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Jun
11
2013

potshot

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potshot

pat shat

noun

1. a shot fired randomly at game, especially in disregard of hunting laws or the rules of the sport.

2. a shot fired at close range or at an easy target.

Metaphorical senses…

3. a random attack or criticism, often directed at someone or something that is convenient or relatively defenseless.
example: The senators took potshots at the lame duck administration.

4. a casual and ineffective action or attempt.
example: Their potshots at solving the problem accomplished nothing.