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slapdash

[slap-dash] /ˈslæpˌdæʃ/
adverb
1.
in a hasty, haphazard manner:
He assembled the motor slapdash.
adjective
2.
hasty and careless; offhand:
a slapdash answer.
Origin of slapdash
1670-1680
1670-80; slap1 (adv.) + dash1
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  • There was no place here for the slapdash, smoking girl of the present day.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • For to him it was intolerable to think in a hurry, to jump to slapdash decisions, to act on instincts that could not be explained.

    Queen Victoria Lytton Strachey
  • It stands out in contrast to American slapdash, puerile-minded pretenses at dictionary treatises on cowboy life.

  • It is easy in a slapdash manner to lavish sarcasms on a King who presented many tempting opportunities for satire.

    Lord Chatham Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
  • It is too hurried and slapdash, and I may have quite different opinions after we have calmed down a bit.

  • Balzac wrote the stranger a slapdash of a letter, as he was always doing, and forgot the incident.

British Dictionary definitions for slapdash

slapdash

/ˈslæpˌdæʃ/
adverb
1.
in a careless, hasty, or haphazard manner
adjective
2.
careless, hasty, or haphazard
noun
3.
slapdash activity or work
4.
another name for roughcast (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: from slap + dash1
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Word Origin and History for slapdash
adv.

1670s, from slap (v.) + dash (v.). As an adjective, "dashing, offhand, careless," from 1792. As a noun, "rough-coat, coarse plaster," from 1796.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slapdash

slap

adverb

Precisely; directly: Streets that ended slap in a courtyard/ The storm was pointed slam-bang at Tampa (first form 1829+, second 1885+, third 1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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