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[skat-er-shot] /ˈskæt ərˌʃɒt/
delivered over a wide area and at random; generalized and indiscriminate:
a scattershot attack on the proposed program.
Origin of scattershot
1960-65; adj. use of scatter shot Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scattershot
  • Seemingly random and scattershot conference-going is no more helpful than haphazard publishing.
  • My approach to blogs is really scattershot and has no clear pattern.
  • But only so far, universal coverage seems scattershot.
  • But the results are often scattershot, and miss important news.
  • That's because it involves filtering the blockbuster's scattershot nuclear terrorism plot through the prism of current events.
  • But the distribution of food was scattershot, and every outlet was swamped with desperate crowds.
  • The information is often so disparate and scattershot that it amounts to little without interpretation.
  • Their absence last time was conspicuous and damaging to the prosecution's scattershot narrative.
  • In this case the points will appear to be randomly scattered across the plot in a scattershot fashion.
  • Shotgun proteomics is a cutting-edge tool for conducting a scattershot and detailed search for key immune system proteins.
British Dictionary definitions for scattershot


random; haphazard: their approach to conservation is scattershot and unscientific
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scattershot

1959, figurative use of term for a kind of gun charge meant to broadcast the pellets when fired (1940), from scatter (v.) + shot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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