Definitions

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  • noun A shotgun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges

Etymologies

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scatter +‎ gun

Examples

  • Writing in The Daily Telegraph today, the academic and author called for a complete overhaul of the "scattergun" approach to genetic research, which is backed by millions of pounds in funding by governments and medical charities such as the Wellcome Trust.

    Kim Stagliano: Conducting Autism Research Like It's 1994

  • Desperate graduates are also increasingly taking a 'scattergun' approach to sending out applications.

    Home | Mail Online

  • Desperate graduates are also increasingly taking a 'scattergun' approach to sending out applications.

    Home | Mail Online

  • I have studied self defense use of the "scattergun" or "streetsweeper" and feel confident I could protect my family and property if needed.

    SurvivalBlog.com

  • Or as today's market for freelance IT contracts tightens, with competition for contracts intensifying, is a 'scattergun' approach to as many agents as possible the recommended course?

    ContractorUK.com

  • Success could also mean that many publishers of purely written works would have to retrospectively weed their lists of books likely to contravene a newly-revivified "scattergun" charge of …

    British Blogs

  • Success could also mean that many publishers of purely written works would have to retrospectively weed their lists of books likely to contravene a newly-revivified "scattergun" charge of …

    D'log :: blogging since 2000

  • Magda was behind me, scattergun thundering in concert with the guttural roar of the flame.

    A Zombie Story: 140 Characters At A Time

  • Magda was behind me, scattergun thundering in concert with the guttural roar of the flame.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • In some species, such a scattergun approach to mating might be seen as a waste of valuable sperm.

    Male squid seeks mate of either sex for fun in the dark

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  • Oh, a scattergun is an actual kind of gun. I didn't know that.

    March 26, 2009