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- Marked by unthinking recklessness with disregard for danger; bold but rash; hotheaded
1876, Mark Twain, chapter 6, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer:
- The master’s pulse stood still, and he stared helplessly. The buzz of study ceased. The pupils wondered if this foolhardy boy had lost his mind.
- 2000. Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country, p. 14:
- In the middle distance several foolhardy souls in wet suits were surfing toward some foamy outbursts on the rocky headland...