give short shrift

give short shrift

To ignore, disregard, or exclude (someone or something); to give (someone or something) very little time or attention. A noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "short." As the middle child with a troublesome older brother and a needy younger sister, I felt like I was given short shrift growing up. Despite its urgency, ministers are giving the issue short shrift in parliament.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

give somebody/something short ˈshrift


get short ˈshrift

give somebody/something/get little attention or sympathy: Mrs Jones gave my suggestion very short shrift. I was quite surprised.When Ann complained about the toilets, she got very short shrift. Shrift was the act of confessing your crimes, etc. to a priest and being forgiven. If a person was given short shrift they were only allowed a short time to do this between being found guilty and being executed or punished.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

short shrift, to get/give

To spend little time on. The term comes from the days when confessing to a priest was a virtually universal practice. Shrift meant not only the confession but also the penance or absolution given by the priest following confession. In Shakespeare’s Richard III, Ratclif, ordered by Gloucester (later Richard III) to have Hastings beheaded, says to him, “Come, come, dispatch; the duke would be at dinner: make a short shrift, he longs to see your head.” It began to be used more loosely in succeeding centuries, as in the quotation under look daggers at.
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