Definition of scattershot in English:



  • Denoting something that is broad but random and haphazard in its range.

    ‘you cannot take a scattershot approach to a public relations campaign’
    • ‘Literature concerning photography by Africans remains scattershot and largely insubstantial.’
    • ‘We would never want to do scattershot acquisitions and then have to think up strategies to justify them.’
    • ‘While you want broad exposure, what you cannot do is have a scattershot approach to your public relations campaign.’
    • ‘Despite powerful evidence that such a system would be a boon to law enforcement, the NRA has adopted a scattershot, drive-by-shooting approach to mowing down the idea.’
    • ‘The energy here isn't ecstatic so much as scattershot.’
    • ‘His list of dying technologies is very scattershot.’
    • ‘His political beliefs are covered in a piecemeal, scattershot fashion that will be frustrating to fans and foes alike.’
    • ‘Far from marking any new direction, it is a retrospective, scattershot double CD of unreleased tracks, alternate mixes and rare B-sides.’
    • ‘But it's a scattershot effort, abandoned as soon as big fires break out.’
    • ‘Even in his most scattershot moments, Bhansali gives us something stunning to look at.’
    • ‘So far, charter schools have brought to California a scattershot of educational options that have undeniably benefited certain clienteles in certain places.’
    • ‘The real beauty of the system is how it standardizes previously scattershot methods of collecting and storing data.’
    • ‘Decades of fire suppression and scattershot suburban development have created a tinderbox and now you have seen the results.’
    • ‘He's right, but these kinds of pointed attacks have been scattershot.’
    • ‘This slim little volume has its moments but is ultimately too slight, scattershot, and self-indulgent.’
    • ‘In the end, the film might be a little too scattershot to qualify as a great comedy.’
    • ‘But that kind of scattershot approach was almost nowhere in evidence in Boston.’
    • ‘Those without a clue about the basis for the movie will simply be baffled as to why it was made, and why the story had to be told in such a scattershot fashion.’
    • ‘This isn't a traditional three act film, and the lack of warmth and scattershot nature of the story does get a little tedious at times.’
    • ‘While Heart's depiction of war as eternal is effective, the play is so unfocused and scattershot that its power to raise our indignation is diminished.’