Without order or fixed purpose, haphazardly, as in Jackson Pollock dropped paints on canvas seemingly at random. Originally this phrase meant “very speedily” and “heedlessly.” Shakespeare had the present usage in 1 Henry VI (5:3): “He talks at random; sure the man is mad.” [Late 1500s]
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But by Wednesday evening there was little in the way of organized protests or random unrest in the area.
He did not shout “God is great,” but his random act served the purposes of ISIS almost as well.
I spoke first with Scott Ellman, a student at Wesleyan University and now the Huffington Post editor-at-large for his campus.
Random House is also covering the legal fees of an innocent man called Barry who was caught up in the storm.
Tressan was monstrous ill-at-ease, and his face lost a good deal of its habitual plethora of colour.
A fellow rudely clad—a hybrid between man-at-arms and lackey—lounged on a musket to confront them in the gateway.
Firing a random volley, those that lived turned and fled, pursued by the scouts.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
The blows stung, and Black Sheep struck back at random with all the power at his command.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
And the Seneschal, moved by that confident promise of evil, threw himself before the men-at-arms.