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short shrift

noun
1.
a brief time for confession or absolution given to a condemned prisoner before his or her execution.
2.
little attention or consideration in dealing with a person or matter:
to give short shrift to an opponent's arguments.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95
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British Dictionary definitions for short shrift

short shrift

noun
1.
brief and unsympathetic treatment
2.
(formerly) a brief period allowed to a condemned prisoner to make confession
3.
make short shrift of, to dispose of quickly and unsympathetically
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