What does cheap shot mean?

Definitions for cheap shot
cheap shot

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cheap shot.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cheap shotnoun

    an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person

  2. cheap shotnoun

    an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence

    "he called a penalty on them when the lineman took a cheap shot at the quarterback"


  1. cheap shotnoun

    A deliberate, unsportsmanlike, and potentially illegal act of aggression against an opponent.

  2. cheap shotnoun

    A remark that unfairly disparages an obvious vulnerability of the target.


  1. cheap shot

    A cheap shot can have two general definitions based on its context: 1. In conversations or debates, a cheap shot is a critical or disrespectful remark or action made against someone, often surreptitiously and in an unfair or unsporting way. It usually aims to undermine the recipient rather than addressing the issue at hand. 2. In physical activities or sports, a cheap shot refers to a blow or action delivered in a dishonorable, unsportsmanlike, or inappropriate manner, especially when the recipient is not ready to defend themselves. For example, hitting an opponent from behind.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce cheap shot?

How to say cheap shot in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheap shot in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheap shot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cheap shot in a Sentence

  1. Hein Verbruggen:

    That is a rather cheap shot from people who today have the benefit of 25 years of hindsight.

  2. Robert Altman:

    Real art is without irony. Irony distances the author from his material. Irony is a product of something. It's not the reason for doing something. Irony is a cheap shot.

  3. Jesse Hullinger:

    Maple Mountain tried taking this cheap-shot right at the end of the year and it just totally backfired on them!

  4. Barack Obama:

    I have to express my disappointment at the cheap shot you took at Joe Biden via Twitter, it was unprofessional. I expect better.

  5. Rudy Giuliani:

    This is a cheap shot.


Find a translation for the cheap shot definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"cheap shot." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 21 Apr. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/cheap+shot>.

Discuss these cheap shot definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for cheap shot? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    A proprietary
    B eloquent
    C extroversive
    D equivalent

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for cheap shot: