Let them but dream that he knew them, and Vanheimert gave himself as short a shrift as he would have granted in their place.
He lost his place, his money, and at last came to beg for shrift and punishment.
As he makes this shrift the storm begins to abate; to the amazement of the Cossacks, the fleet is saved, and not one man drowned.
Nor dare you go near him on your own account, or short would be your shrift.
His shrift of the morning, hurried and formal as it had been, had softened him.
I am in your power, and were I in Miss Lindsay's power alone, my shrift would be short.
It was lucky for the deserter that we found him before they did, for his shrift would have been short.
At least they would never have insulted her, and Ishmael's shrift would have been short.
In the nature of things he felt that his own shrift must necessarily be short.
I pray you that you will buy one, for war is bloody work, and the end is sudden with little time for thought or shrift.
Old English scrift "confession to priest, followed by penance and absolution," verbal noun from scrifan "to impose penance," from an early Germanic borrowing of Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)) that produced nouns for "penance, confession" in Old English and Scandinavian (cf. Old Norse skrjpt "penance, confession"), but elsewhere in Germanic is used in senses "writing, scripture, alphabet letter;" see shrive. Short shrift originally was the brief time for a condemned criminal to confess before execution (1590s); figurative extension to "little or no consideration" is first attested 1814.