delivered over a wide area and at random; generalized and indiscriminate: a scattershot attack on the proposed program.
Other definitions for scatter shot (2 of 2)
shot prepared for a weapon having a rifled bore or barrel.
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How to use scattershot in a sentence
Because as scientists build out these databases with more and more genomes, from creatures both living and extinct, the number of organisms we can identify from a scattershot examination of a single sample just keeps going up.What’s in a packrat’s petrified pee? Just a few thousand years of secrets. | Rachel Feltman | August 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
American cookbooks really kicked off in the mid-1800s, and for their first hundred years or so, their recipe formats were scattershot, even within a single title.No-Recipe Recipes Aren’t a Fad; They’re as Old as Cooking Instruction Itself | Marian Bull | July 14, 2021 | Eater
He takes our knowledge of Williams for granted, revealing crucial parts of her career in a scattershot manner.Serena Williams is more than a tennis player. ‘Seeing Serena’ offers a prismatic view of her impact. | Stuart Miller | June 16, 2021 | Washington Post
Before, I’d have to use a scattershot method, typing random scrambled letter strings into OneLook one by one and hoping something would turn up, which could take several hours.Solution to Evan Birnholz’s May 30 Post Magazine crossword, “Altered Beast” | Evan Birnholz | May 30, 2021 | Washington Post
Snyder’s new zombie entree The Army of the Dead is too scattershot, perhaps too derivative and definitely too long.Netflix's Army of the Dead Is a Heaping Dish of Turn-Off-Your-Brain Entertainment | Stephanie Zacharek | May 21, 2021 | Time
British Dictionary definitions for scattershot
random; haphazard: their approach to conservation is scattershot and unscientific
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