short shrift

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Originally, a rushed sacrament of confession (shrift) given to a prisoner who was to be executed very soon.

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short shrift (countable and uncountable, plural short shrifts)

  1. (informal, sometimes preceded by the) A quick rejection or dismissal, especially one which is impolite and undertaken without proper consideration.
    The bank gave me short shrift when I applied for a loan.
    • 2019 April 14, Alex McLevy, “Winter is here on Game Of Thrones' final season premiere (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      “Winterfell” does a lot of work in a short amount of time, but unlike some previous episodes that engaged in significant table setting, it never feels too rushed or like characters are being given short shrift in the effort to hurry to the next beat.
    • 2020 March 12, Jennifer Senior, “We Need to Flatten the Curve. Trump and Fox Are Behind It.”, in New York Times[2]:
      But Trump’s biggest crime Wednesday night was the short shrift he gave to what should have been his core message: Keep your distance.

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