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Originally, a rushed sacrament of confession (shrift) given to a prisoner who was to be executed very soon.
- (UK) IPA: /ˌʃɔː(ɹ)t ˈʃɹɪft/, X-SAMPA: /%SO:(r)t "Sr\Ift/
- (US) IPA: /ˌʃɔɹt ˈʃɹɪft/, X-SAMPA: /%SOrt "Sr\Ift/
- (informal, sometimes preceded by the) A quick rejection, especially one which is impolite and undertaken without proper consideration.
- The bank gave me short shrift when I applied for a loan.