The Oxford English Dictionary shows the first usage of this phrase in 1896 in the Boston Globe to describe a place to eat. The first use meaning "slipshod" was from 1939 in the gun-slinging, American Western fiction paperback, "Bounty Guns" by Luke Short.
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- (idiomatic) Done or constructed in a hasty, approximate, temporarily adequate manner, but not exact, fully formed, or reliable for a long period of time.
- I can do a quick-and-dirty market analysis in time for the meeting tomorrow.
- (US, slang) An inexpensive, inelegant eatery; a greasy spoon.
- (idiomatic) A quick, temporary fix, estimate, or the like.
- The car broke down but we managed to do a quick-and-dirty and were back on the road in fifteen minutes.