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short shrift

a brief time for confession or absolution given to a condemned prisoner before his or her execution.
little attention or consideration in dealing with a person or matter:
to give short shrift to an opponent's arguments.
Origin of short shrift
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for short shrift
  • Technical expertise gets short shrift in the nuclear and missile defense debates, too, they contend.
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  • She has been given short shrift by the intellectual establishment.
  • Culture receives short shrift in favour of politics.
  • Even economics doesn't get the usual short shrift: an experiment will introduce visitors to different aspects of trade.
  • It is important to neither overemphasize nor give short shrift to subjective impressions.
  • Don't give short shrift to the budget and its justification.
  • With few exceptions, wine lovers complain regularly that restaurant reviews pay short shrift to wine.
  • And do not give short shrift to the little one-quart.
  • Music gets short shrift, and the determination to cover the globe seems to have lapsed.
British Dictionary definitions for short shrift

short shrift

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