scat·​ter·​shot | \ˈska-tər-ˌshät \

Definition of scattershot 

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

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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 Trump’s acts of clemency have been scattershot, driven by television segments, celebrities, friends and White House advisers[.] ... James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Bernie Sanders won’t join the Democratic Party," 7 June 2018 The Wiz’’ is too scattershot for that, with narrative shortcuts that keep the stage version from building the momentum and suspense of the classic 1939 film. Don Aucoin,, "An exuberant journey down the yellow brick road in ‘The Wiz’," 22 May 2018 Running through all of that makes for a long and somewhat scattershot keynote. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple and Google are heading in the same direction, but on different paths," 8 June 2018 The food hall model lowers those barriers to entry significantly, providing an affordable brick-and-mortar space without the seasonal headaches of food trucks while also offering a dependable brand presence that scattershot pop-ups can’t provide. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Food halls set out to be the next big thing in Detroit dining," 15 June 2018 The interview topics went scattershot, because that’s who JT is at 18 years old. J. Brady Mccollough,, "A father gave his son what his own father couldn't give him. Will JT Daniels be USC football's savior?," 11 June 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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