noun or adjective
scat·​ter·​gun | \ ˈska-tər-ˌgən How to pronounce scattergun (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Today, with lots of capital at the earliest stages, founders are able to spend a lot on customer acquisition and take a more scattergun approach. Chris Smith, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Rhodes and his bandmates Simon Le Bon, John Taylor and Roger Taylor also answered a round of scattergun questions. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 3 Aug. 2021 The general scattergun nature of it all reflects the need to fill an information void created when a first-year AD who’s never hired a coach before goes it alone without the help of a search firm. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Mar. 2021 The spacious 24x56-inch cockpit allows plenty of freedom for swinging a scattergun. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 16 Nov. 2020 United's scattergun transfer approach certainly hasn't created a wave of optimism. Aimee Lewis, CNN, 6 Oct. 2020 But a single-barrel introduced during the Great Depression gets my nod as the best squirrel-hunting scattergun of all time. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 18 Sep. 2020 With the use of TSS shot becoming more commonplace, the scattergun market is seeing more turkey offerings in the sub-gauges. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 7 Feb. 2020 Just like the iconic scattergun, each shot requires a pump to load a BB into the chamber which will help develop muscle memory for when your kid moves up to his own shotgun. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of scattergun

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Scattergun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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