scat·​ter·​shot | \ ˈska-tər-ˌshät How to pronounce scattershot (audio) \

Definition of scattershot

: broadly and often randomly inclusive : shotgun scattershot advice scattershot planning

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Working in New York in the 1970s and ’80s, LeGaspi’s oeuvre is a pre-internet one, making his legacy almost unsearchable online save for a handful of photos and scattershot quotes. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rick Owens Loves Larry LeGaspi—And You Should Too," 23 Jan. 2019 The results are scattershot, and less cinematically satisfying than Mr. Smith’s elegantly constructed takedown. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Fyre’ and ‘Fyre Fraud’ Reviews: VIP—Very Impractical Party," 17 Jan. 2019 Given the scattershot nature of the applications, the 16 bids that China greenlighted in October gave Ivanka Trump a foothold in a sprawling number of markets. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 2018 That sounds theoretically easy, but the results have been scattershot. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Amazon’s Echo Auto is another quick fix for the broken state of in-car infotainment," 21 Sep. 2018 If her projects seem scattershot, Hunt says that’s by design. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Chanel Sets Sail for New York City," 15 Nov. 2018 This signature land use pattern isn't the same in the UK, where the farms are laid out in a much more chaotic, scattershot fashion. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Looks Like a Big, Green Grid From the Sky," 10 Nov. 2017 But in the final half hour Mooney unhelpfully widens her focus, chasing numerous self-referential ideas down conceptual dead ends and indulging in scattershot anecdote assemblage rather than meaningful resolution of her tantalizing material. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "A playwright’s attack on her own character amounts to Empty Threats," 21 June 2018 Kanye West’s scattershot Ye, the first release of G.O.O.D. Music’s summer lineup, finds Ty providing background vocals or verses on three out of seven tracks. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Feature Artist, He’s a Star," 2 July 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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