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scat·ter·shot

 (skăt′ər-shŏt′)
adj.
Covering a wide range in a random way; indiscriminate: "his habit of scattershot comment on whatever issue catches his eye" (Howell Raines).
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scattershot

(ˈskætəˌʃɒt)
adj
random; haphazard: their approach to conservation is scattershot and unscientific.
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scat•ter•shot

(ˈskæt ərˌʃɒt)

adj.
generalized and indiscriminate: a scattershot attack.
[1960–65]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scattershot - covering a wide range in a haphazard way
indiscriminating, undiscriminating - not discriminating
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Translations

scattershot

[ˈskætəʃɒt] ADJ the money has been spent in scattershot fashionel dinero se ha gastado sin ton ni son
the message is somewhat scattershotel mensaje es muy poco consistente
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

scattershot

adjoberflächlich; the money has been spent in a scattershot fashiondas Geld ist nach dem Gießkannenprinzip or ziemlich willkürlich ausgegeben worden
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
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