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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 of short shrift
1585-1595
1585-95
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  • short shrift is made: the women to St. Lazare, the officers, with spades and mattocks, to the trenches.

  • But if he onct caught sight of me, it would be short shrift at the end of the rope.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • They were again reminded of what short shrift they might expect if the King's friends should come back.

  • If he has been playing with my sister's reputation, he shall have short shrift.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • As she came back Julia heard Val in the hall dismissing poor Emmie and her piano key with short shrift.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • The best he could hope for, in all probability, was the short shrift of a spy.

    Secret Service Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Such philosophy, to be sure, had but a short shrift on such a day.

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
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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