I´ve seen many interviews where people that were being interviewed said things that were considered offensive and harmful towards someone. But the question is, in all the titles of the interviews, i saw - Someone shoots at somebody-. Can you guys tell me the meaning in this occasion?

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    Sorry, but we need an example, with context.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 18, 2016 at 23:26
  • See answer by @john01dav. "Taking a shot at" is the idiom being referred to, though the question is a bit hard to understand since it's an idiom and "to shoot at" doesn't mean the same thing. Apr 19, 2016 at 4:35
  • Hi @Moises To shoot down may also be relevant to your question. Apr 19, 2016 at 12:00

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Without context, it is difficult to say. But, I can speculate.

I believe that you are referring to something like the following script in an interview titled "Person A shoots at Person B":

Interviewer: Person A, What do you think about Person B?

Person A: I think he is a good-for-nothing nefarious plotting ans scheming scoundrel who should be kicked out of whatever he is in that makes him important enough to be asked about in an interview!

Specifically, it means that some person is verbally "taking a shot" at the other person, or, in other words, saying something insulting, or damaging to that person's reputation.

  • I had no idea what this question was referring to until you said "taking a shot". That makes perfect sense. Taking a shot at someone means verbally attacking them. But it's an idiom, and "shoot at" is not understood to mean the same thing. Apr 19, 2016 at 4:34
  • You answered my question for complete!! Thank you a lot!! Apr 19, 2016 at 19:04

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