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short shrift

a brief time for confession or absolution given to a condemned prisoner before his or her execution.
little attention or consideration in dealing with a person or matter:
to give short shrift to an opponent's arguments.
Origin of short shrift
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But if he onct caught sight of me, it would be short shrift at the end of the rope.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • A short shrift and a heavy punishment were promised them in the morning.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • So I shall look for a short shrift from you if your opportunity ever comes.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • Such philosophy, to be sure, had but a short shrift on such a day.

    Aladdin of London

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • If he has been playing with my sister's reputation, he shall have short shrift.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • The best he could hope for, in all probability, was the short shrift of a spy.

    Secret Service

    Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • What short shrift I should make of the vicaire, M. Valenod and all their jobberies!

British Dictionary definitions for short shrift

short shrift

brief and unsympathetic treatment
(formerly) a brief period allowed to a condemned prisoner to make confession
make short shrift of, to dispose of quickly and unsympathetically
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