This word serves as both a noun and a verb.
Mayoral candidates Messrs. Smith, Wesson, and Colt were all taking potshots at the Chief of Police, Capt. Flint Locke, deriding his handling of public safety.
Main Entry: [sup]1[/sup]pot·shot
Etymology: from the notion that such a shot is unsportsmanlike and worthy only of one whose object is to fill the cooking pot
1 : a shot taken from ambush or at a random or easy target
2 : a critical remark made in a random or sporadic manner
Main Entry: [sup]2[/sup]potshot
Inflected Form(s): potshot; pot·shot·ting
: to take a potshot
: to attack or shoot with a potshot