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short shrift, give

Also, get short shrift. Give (or receive) cursory attention or little time. For example, The architect made elaborate plans for the entry but gave short shift to the back of the house . Literally, shrift refers to confession to a priest, who gives absolution and penance, and short shrift to the brief time allowed for this sacrament to a prisoner before execution. Shakespeare so used it in Richard III (3:4), but it came to be used more loosely in succeeding centuries. [Late 1800s]
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Having scouted out the Green Capital award last year, I know competition will be fierce and I fear the judges will give short shrift to a bid from a city whose civic leaders do not see 'green' as a priority.
I TEND to give short shrift to coaches who bleat about refereeing mistakes, but in the case of the Scarlets' formal complaint about their game in Ulster last week I am happy to make an exception.
Such courses (and their textbooks) tend to give short shrift to functional materials, so she assumes no background in them.
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Filled with charts and illustrations, the authors present their case well, but they give short shrift to some of the problems with increased energy use, including global warming and the destruction of habitat.
But many professionals give short shrift to another important step: communicating that risk to employees and the public.
Boro are likely to give short shrift to Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce if he makes an offer for Mark Crossley.
Her enthusiasm for the job never faded and she revealed her philosophy is to count her blessings as a ``pampered'' actor and give short shrift to colleagues who moan about the long hours.
I will give short shrift to the actual content of a typical school lunch menu, other than to say it seems to be short on fresh fruits and veggies, and heavy on processed, breaded and fried entrees, variously described as "chicken/shrimp/steak nuggets," depending on the ground-up animal part contained therein.
By looking instead for a magical elixir just over the horizon, NIDA and the NIAAA give short shrift to the individual circumstances that are crucial to understanding why some people abuse drugs.
We really felt, given the enormity of what we constructed here, that it would be unfair to give short shrift to this show," Dennison said, also acknowledging the cost-saving benefits.
The collection - and the miniseries - give short shrift to the last 40 years, but with the embarrassment of riches, it feels like sour grapes to complain.
Preoccupied as they are with analyzing the role of theory in theology, the book's contribUtors give short shrift to actual substantive theological proposals that could and should emerge out of such analyses.