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.

1585–95 Unabridged
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short shrift
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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Example sentences
Technical expertise gets short shrift in the nuclear and missile defense
  debates, too, they contend.
Most online music sites give the bands short shrift when slicing up the revenue
She has been given short shrift by the intellectual establishment.
Culture receives short shrift in favour of politics.
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