short shrift

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noun
  1. a brief time for confession or absolution given to a condemned prisoner before his or her execution.
  2. 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
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short shrift

noun
  1. brief and unsympathetic treatment
  2. (formerly) a brief period allowed to a condemned prisoner to make confession
  3. make short shrift of to dispose of quickly and unsympathetically
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