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- Marked by unthinking recklessness with disregard for danger; boldly rash; hotheaded
1876, Mark Twain, chapter 6, in 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, page 14:
- In the middle distance several foolhardy souls in wet suits were surfing toward some foamy outbursts on the rocky headland...
2017 March 27, “The Observer view on triggering article 50”, in The Observer:
- It is a reckless, foolhardy leap into the unknown and the prelude, perhaps, to what the existentialist writer Albert Camus described in La chute – a fall from grace, in every conceivable sense.