short-shrift

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:
1585–95

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short shrift
 
n
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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