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scattershot

[skat-er-shot]
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adjective
  1. delivered over a wide area and at random; generalized and indiscriminate: a scattershot attack on the proposed program.

Origin of scattershot

First recorded in 1960–65; adj. use of scatter shot
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British Dictionary definitions for scattershot

scattershot

adjective
  1. random; haphazardtheir 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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