free and easy
See also: free-and-easy
- free-and-easy (attributive only)
- (sometimes hyphenated) Casual, informal, relaxed, unrestrained.
1857, Bayard Taylor, chapter 20, in Northern Travel:
- The other passengers were three Norwegians, three fossil Englishmen, two snobbish do., and some jolly, good-natured, free-and-easy youths.
1918, Rex Ellingwood Beach, chapter 13, in The Winds of Chance:
- "That's more money than I've seen in a month," said she. "I wouldn't be so free and easy with it, if I were you."
- 2006 May 19, Ian Buruma, "Hard Luck for a Hard-Liner," New York Times (retrieved 19 June 2014):
- The Netherlands, proud of its multicultural tolerance, its hospitality to strangers, its free and easy social ways, used to be thought of as a soft touch for would-be immigrants.
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