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shotgun approach


the hasty use of a wide range of techniques that are nonselective and haphazard


She favored the shotgun approach to handling problems.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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shotgun 1


I am going to ride in the front passenger seat!: yelled Shotgun for the test drive


(also blunderbuss) Very diffuse and general; indis-criminate; done in haste; scattergun: I hate it when the administrators make shotgun accusations/ But this is a blunderbuss technique (1930s+)


  1. A machine gun or other rapid-fire gun (WWII Army)
  2. A type of pipe used for smoking marijuana; bong (1960s+ Narcotics)
  3. n offensive formation in which the quarterback lines up well behind instead of immediately behind the center (1966+ Football)

Related Terms

ride shotgun, sit shotgun

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