scattergun

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Etymology[edit]

scatter +‎ gun

Noun[edit]

scattergun (plural scatterguns)

  1. A shotgun.
    • 1973 September, Gary Gillespie, “How to select a modern scattergun”, Popular Mechanics, ISSN 0032-4558, page 134: 
      But in all-around use, the scattergun now ranks first across fields and forests, trap and skeet ranges.
    • 1999 December 1, Jason Manning, Gun Justice: The Unforgettable Story of Texas John Slaughter, One of the Greatest Gunfighters of the Old West[1], Macmillan:
      Groundhitching the horse, he left the Winchester in the saddle boot and reached under his duster to unsling the scattergun.
    • 2013 February 21, Sarah Shahi as Sam Shaw, “Relevance”, Person of Interest season 2 episode 16:
      You ever have a staring contest with a fish? No eyelids. Kinda pointless, right? Like you reaching for that scattergun.
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