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snap judgment

A hurried or impetuous decision or finding, as in George was known for making snap judgments on personnel questions; he rarely bothered to investigate further. This expression, which uses snap in the sense of “quick,” was first recorded in 1841.
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  • He had commended himself to the powers above him for snap judgment and quick action.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • A snap judgment was to be taken by these pettifogging diplomats.

    The Evidence in the Case James M. Beck
  • How do you suppose it strikes me to have my wife take sides against me on snap judgment like that?

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • With a man of your caliber, Donnegan, I fear a snap judgment above all things.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • He knew it was his snap judgment about Cohen that had been the cause of the object lesson he had just received.

    Peter F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Your snap judgment is to tell this disgraceful fact broadcast.

    Miss Lulu Bett Zona Gale

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