- 1 • historical A short-barreled large-bored gun with a flared muzzle, used at short range.More example sentences
- Arrived outside, they collected some blunderbusses, rifles and revolvers, and took up a position behind some sandhills.
- However, his soldiers now have more primitive weapons, such as blunderbusses, muskets, swords, and repeating crossbows.
- I should have used a blunderbuss not a derringer.
- 2An action or way of doing something regarded as lacking in subtlety and precision: economists resort too quickly to the blunderbuss of regulationMore example sentences
- Revenue are going after people in a blunderbuss approach without making allowances for the fact that some people have inherited this problem.
- Unfortunately, rather than considering specific solutions, opponents of spam are currently adopting a blunderbuss approach, latching on to every anti-spam technology going in the vain hope that one of them might do the job.
- Traditional chemistry uses a blunderbuss approach, based on the idea that if you produce 10,000 variations of a drug that seems to work a bit you will probably come up with something that works a bit better.
mid 17th century: alteration (by association with blunder) of Dutch donderbus, literally 'thunder gun'.
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