Meaning of hot shot

hot shot

Pronunciation: (hot' shot' for 1 hot' shot&sec for 2), [key]
  1. incandescent shot fired to set enemy ships or buildings on fire.
  2. hotshot (defs. 4, 6).

hot•shot

Pronunciation: (hot'shot"), [key]
— Slang. Slang.
—adj.
  1. highly successful and aggressive: a hotshot lawyer; a hotshot account exec.
  2. displaying skill flamboyantly: a hotshot ballplayer.
  3. moving, going, or operating without a stop; fast: a hotshot express.
—n.
  1. an impressively successful or skillful and often vain person.
  2. an express freight train.
  3. a firefighter.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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