shotgun approach

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Malpractice A strategy by a plaintiff’s legal team in a civil action involving multiple potential defendants, in which all possible parties are named in a shotgun-like manner
Medspeak A diagnostic philosophy, method or technique in which every conceivable parameter is measured, especially in a patient with an obscure disease, to detect rare conditions, that may cause a particular symptom
Molecular biology Shotgun sequencing

'shotgun approach'

A diagnostic philosophy in which every conceivable parameter is measured, especially in a Pt with an obscure disease, to detect rare conditions that may cause a particular Sx. See Defensive medicine. Cf Screening.
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Shokat and his colleagues believe the shotgun approach is one way to do this.
Everything about the president's shotgun approach to the region, his desire to overhaul all policies from the George W.
There's no need to take a shotgun approach when sending e-mails.
Fair warning for those companies taking the shotgun approach, blasting low-cost bodies at the opportunities, without much in the way of organized marketing, business development or sales planning: it's time to rethink your model.
Not knowing your strengths often turns your marketing effort into a shotgun approach, which leads to too many crucibles in the melting department.
Trying to determine relative ratios of modifications on proteins is tricky using the shotgun approach or the MuDPIT approach.
Over the past few years, malware attacks have evolved from a sawn-off shotgun approach, where a virus is released into the wild with the objective of infecting as many computers as possible, to a sniper approach, where Trojans are specifically crafted to spy on a particular company or even an individual.
Despite all the NBC promos sandwiched into the net's Olympic coverage, expecting viewers to obligingly return for the new drama "Conviction" somehow seems dated, or perhaps more accurately inefficient--employing a shotgun approach, with apologies to Vice President Dick Cheney, at a time when most people indulge in a few appointment shows and beyond that can't be bothered even to check local listings.
At Snow Hill, we use a combination of Winged-T, West Coast, and Wish Bone, all rolled up into a shotgun approach.
It was a good example of the shotgun approach some lawyers take, and when the judge took his first look at the case, Hoffman was immediately dropped from the claim.
What happens in Northern Ontario is we tend to try the shotgun approach to everything when there's something we have a natural affinity for and we need to be the best at those things.