at random
phrasal without definite aim, direction, rule, or method <
subjects chosen at random
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • at random — Random Ran dom, a. 1. Going at random or by chance; done or made at hazard, or without settled direction, aim, or purpose; hazarded without previous calculation; left to chance; haphazard; as, a random guess. [1913 Webster] Some random truths he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at random — {adv. phr.} With no order, plan, or purpose; in a mixed up, or thoughtless way. * /He opened the letters at random./ * /His clothes were scattered about the room at random./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at random — {adv. phr.} With no order, plan, or purpose; in a mixed up, or thoughtless way. * /He opened the letters at random./ * /His clothes were scattered about the room at random./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at random — ► without involving any system or decision: chosen/drawn/selected at random »The winner will be the first complete entry drawn at random after the closing date. Main Entry: ↑random …   Financial and business terms

  • at random — adverb in a random manner (Freq. 1) the houses were randomly scattered bullets were fired into the crowd at random • Syn: ↑randomly, ↑indiscriminately, ↑haphazardly, ↑willy nilly, ↑arbitrarily, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • at random — (from Idioms in Speech) without aim or purpose ... he then, with a fine air of casualness, stuck a pin into the list at random. (J. Wain) I think it must be the fat one in the mask, Wormold said at random. (Gr. Greene) I fly at random from point… …   Idioms and examples

  • at\ random — adv. phr. With no order, plan, or purpose; in a mixed up, or thoughtless way. He opened the letters at random. His clothes were scattered about the room at random …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at random — we chose the names at random Syn: unsystematically, arbitrarily, randomly, unmethodically, haphazardly …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • at random — without a particular method, pattern, or purpose They picked names out of the telephone book at random …   English dictionary

  • at random — At hazard. Without any settled aim, purpose, or direction; left to chance; casual, or haphazard. Commonwealth v Bynum, 20 Ky LR 1982, 50 SW 843 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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