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scattershot

[skat-er-shot] /ˈskæt ərˌʃɒt/
adjective
1.
delivered over a wide area and at random; generalized and indiscriminate:
a scattershot attack on the proposed program.
Origin of scattershot
1960-1965
1960-65; adj. use of scatter shot
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British Dictionary definitions for scattershot

scattershot

/ˈskætəˌʃɒt/
adjective
1.
random; haphazard: their approach to conservation is scattershot and unscientific
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Word Origin and History for scattershot
adj.

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

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