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Definition of "scattershot" [scattershot]

  • Covering a wide range in a random way; indiscriminate: "his habit of scattershot comment on whatever issue catches his eye” ( Howell Raines). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scattershot" in a sentence
  • "This Romans-to-NASA section of the book prompts a gee-whiz reaction (and the wistful hope that it 's true), and Mr. Kelly has plenty of other nuggets to pass along — delivered mostly in scattershot fashion."
  • "Currently, it is deployed by the Right in scattershot fashion merely to attack the people and ideas with which it disagrees."
  • "And, yes, he says that sometimes, but it gets lost in all these other -- what many Republicans call scattershot day to day messages of the McCain campaign."