get short shrift

get short shrift

To be or feel ignored, disregarded, or excluded; to get very little time or attention. As the middle child with a troublesome older brother and a needy younger sister, I felt like I got short shrift growing up. Despite the urgency of the problem, the minister's proposed solutions are getting short shrift in parliament.
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get short shrift

COMMON If someone or something gets short shrift, they are treated very rudely or given very little attention. Unfortunately, these proposals are likely to get short shrift from the government. Anyone who complains will get short shrift from me. Note: You can also say that someone gives someone or something short shrift. When I was a waitress I gave short shrift to customers who got on my nerves. Such objections are likely to be given short shrift by the committee. Note: `Shrift' is an old word meaning confession to a priest. In the past, condemned criminals were allowed only a few minutes to make their confession before they were executed.
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Residents of unincorporated Stevenson Ranch have complained they get short shrift when the neighboring city of Santa Clarita needs deputies, and they consider the new monitoring long overdue.
On the other hand, given that ``Lucky,'' despite its spiffy production values, is a mere half-hour show, something has to get short shrift when blending character development, tricky plotting, high-stakes gambling drama and a whiff of melancholia.
This move stretches the groin, or the "turn-in" muscles, which often get short shrift.
The Bus Riders Union, an arm of the activist Labor/Community Strategy Center, says bus passengers get short shrift in Los Angeles, and that there's a racial component to the unfair treatment.