scattershot

[ skat-er-shot ]
/ ˈskæt ərˌʃɒt /

adjective

delivered over a wide area and at random; generalized and indiscriminate: a scattershot attack on the proposed program.

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Origin of scattershot

First recorded in 1960–65; adj. use of scatter shot

Definition for scattershot (2 of 2)

scatter shot

noun

shot prepared for a weapon having a rifled bore or barrel.

Origin of scatter shot

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for scattershot

scattershot
/ (ˈskætəˌʃɒt) /

adjective

random; haphazardtheir approach to conservation is scattershot and unscientific
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