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snap judgment

A hurried or impetuous decision or finding, as in George was known for making snap judgments on personnel questions; he rarely bothered to investigate further. This expression, which uses snap in the sense of “quick,” was first recorded in 1841.

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Examples from the Web for snap judgment

Historical Examples

  • This would be what is vulgarly called a snap-judgment indeed.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863


  • The world may not know but these snap-judgment profiteers, these get-rich-quick phenomena, always have to pay.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley