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

Definition of scattershot

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

Examples of scattershot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web London’s size would be a plus for sometimes scattershot QB Jalen Hurts, who could use a Mike Evans-type target. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Appropriate for such a sprawling, scattershot set, it’s on splatter vinyl. Chris Willman, Variety, 18 June 2022 The somewhat scattershot, sprawling and fitfully timed choreography by Mr. Farley is the 27-year-old’s first work for NYCB. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Tesson’s soft-spoken musings, pulled from his notes, are a more scattershot element. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 The bill's litany of provisions covering government ethics are even more scattershot and lacking in an overarching rationale. Damon Linker, The Week, 7 June 2021 Outside of Ubisoft's presence, third-party support in the Extra tier is scattershot, with longtime PlayStation partners like Capcom, Square-Enix, and Bandai Namco each having no more than two games listed thus far. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 16 May 2022 Disinformation researchers say scattershot narratives like this can overwhelm viewers, sowing doubts even if audiences aren’t persuaded by any specific claim. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Padilla has been accommodating himself to changes ever since — to life under a scattershot schedule, to long periods away from his wife and three boys, to the joys of a 4,600-mile round-trip commute several times a month. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of scattershot

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scattershot was in 1951

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3 Jul 2022

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“Scattershot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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