shotgun approach

shotgun approach
An approach in which the subject is indiscriminate and haphazard, using breadth, spread, or quantity in lieu of accuracy, planning, etc.

She seems to take the shotgun approach to holiday shopping, buying many smaller, generic gifts for everybody.

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