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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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This was echoed on the Leader page, where the proposal for such a body to lead on strategic planning was answered: "Such a move would ease the tangle of local plans and green belt sacrifice that leaves the North East open to scattergun development.
That would be in contrast to the scattergun approach of conventional chemotherapy, which attacks all dividing cells, including healthy ones, according to new research published in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer.
There's an assured core to each song that keeps the tune ticking over however wild and scattergun the energy of these hardcore tracks becomes.
An immediate concession is to release eight videos, starting with the cameo-laden Tacky, a take of Pharrell Williams' ubiquitous Happy while the ever-present scattergun polka medley takes in such unlikely bedfellows as Daft Punk, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and a tuba-powered LMFAO.
A club, which had always done transfer business under the radar, had adopted a scattergun approach to player recruitment.
Their verbal dexterity and masterful range of accents and sociolects gave rise to a delightful period of scattergun madness touching on everything from wartime radio to blockbusterdirecting nans.
There are many areas throughout Wales where the Welsh language is thriving, perhaps it would be better for our national government to concentrate their limited resources to those areas so that at least in those areas the Welsh language will grow and flourish, rather that a scattergun effect across all of Wales where in general many don't wish to take up the call.
Nice idea, but with a thin, scattergun five-man script, it's all a bit too energetic and too frenetic.
This scattergun style of planning fails to show any consideration of existing environmental problems, one of the biggest being the traffic flow over Yarm Bridge, currently averaging 1,600 per hour.
Such a scattergun approach to the pacing and gameplay may make you smirk, even though the woeful gags fall on deaf ears.
Park Chu-Young, Yossi Benayoun, Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos all joined the club during the back-end of the window, and Arsenal's scattergun approach during the back-end of the window saw them stumble at the start of the season.
David Howman, the director general of Wada, recently rejected a scattergun attack on his organisation by Colin Moynihan, describing the chairman of the British Olympic Association as wrong and misguided and suggesting that Moynihan should be ignored.