Etymology
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hotshot (n.)

"important person," 1933; see hot + shot (n.). It earlier meant "fast train" (1925), and "foolish, reckless person" (c. 1600).

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Definitions of hotshot

hotshot (n.)
someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field;
Synonyms: ace / adept / champion / sensation / maven / mavin / virtuoso / genius / star / superstar / whiz / whizz / wizard / wiz
From wordnet.princeton.edu