scattergun


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scat·ter·gun

 (skăt′ər-gŭn′)
n.
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Noun1.scattergun - firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short rangesscattergun - firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges
firearm, small-arm, piece - a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
fowling piece - a light shotgun used for fowling
pump action, slide action - action mechanism in a modern rifle or shotgun; a back and forward motion of a sliding lever ejects the empty shell case and cocks the firearm and loads a new round
sawed-off shotgun - a shotgun with short barrels
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President Trump's scattergun approach leaves much to be desired.
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