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short shrift

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Originally, a rushed sacrament of confession (shrift) given to a prisoner who was to be executed very soon.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌʃɔː(ɹ)t ˈʃɹɪft/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌʃɔɹt ˈʃɹɪft/

NounEdit

short shrift (plural short shrifts)

  1. (informal, sometimes preceded by the) A quick rejection, especially one which is impolite and undertaken without proper consideration.
    The bank gave me short shrift when I applied for a loan.

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