play fast and loose (with someone or something)

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play fast and loose (with someone or something)

To act recklessly, unreliably, irresponsibly, or thoughtlessly toward someone or something; to treat someone or something with a lack of respect or seriousness. I know these tabloids play fast and loose with the truth, but they're such a guilty pleasure of mine! I can assure you that I am not playing fast and loose with him; I intend to marry him some day. If you're going to play fast and loose, go work at another firm. That's not how we operate here.
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play fast and loose (with someone or something)

Fig. to act carelessly, thoughtlessly, and irresponsibly. I'm tired of your playing fast and loose with me. Leave me alone. Bob got fired for playing fast and loose with the company's money.
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play fast and loose

Be recklessly irresponsible, unreliable, or deceitful, as in This reporter is known for playing fast and loose with the facts. This term probably originated in a 16th-century game called "fast and loose," played at country fairs. A belt was doubled and held with the loop at table's edge, and the player had to catch the loop with a stick as the belt was unrolled-an impossible feat. The term was already used figuratively by the late 1500s, especially for trifling with someone's affections.
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play fast and loose

If someone plays fast and loose with something important, they treat it without care, respect or accuracy. The government is playing fast and loose with public spending. Several of the company's announcements have been exposed for playing fast and loose with the facts.
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play fast and loose

ignore your obligations; be unreliable.
Fast and loose was the name of an old fairground game, in which a punter was challenged to pin an intricately folded belt, garter, or other piece of material to a surface. The person running the game would inevitably show that the item had not been securely fastened or made ‘fast’, and so the punter would lose their money. The phrase came to be used to indicate inconstancy.
1996 Time Out The big MGM production typically plays fast and loose with the facts, so it's as much an action spectacular as a genuine historical chronicle.
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play fast and ˈloose (with somebody/something)

(old-fashioned) treat somebody/something in a way that shows that you feel no responsibility or respect for them: If he plays fast and loose with my daughter’s feelings, I’ll make sure he regrets it.
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play fast and loose

verb
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play fast and loose (with someone/something)

in. to treat someone or something carelessly or unfairly. The broker played fast and loose with our money. Now we are nearly broke.

play fast and loose

To behave in a recklessly irresponsible or deceitful manner: played fast and loose with the facts.
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Instead of the Stockholder who once knew how to play fast and loose with her scavenged goods, we discover an academic who, literally, bolts everything in place and forfeits the appearance of spontaneity and accident that once served her art so well.
Danny Kennedy, who represents Newry and Armagh, said: "The British Government can't play fast and loose with the lives of people along the border given the recent military history of those areas."
And it's no surprise that some play fast and loose with the rules since there is much to be gained by classifying workers as independent contractors--lower Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes, no tax withholding and fewer reports to be filed with various government agencies.
For in spite of a willingness to play fast and loose with the law or to get their hands dirty walking around in some pretty messy moral ambiguities, these wisecracking investigators seek to hold fast to some inner sense of right and wrong, some personal code of ethics.
Especially in times of economic and organizational uncertainty, there are individuals who, for whatever reasons, will play fast and loose with traditional workplace ethics.
With new Whitewater allegations and revelations emerging almost daily, the question now is whether the Clintons are criminals, or just sleazy influence peddlers who play fast and loose with the Internal Revenue Code (while denouncing people who argue for lower tax rates).
David Reed's paintings play fast and loose with the conventions of abstraction and representation--an exercise that could be very dull--but the luxurious, even brazen appeal of his seemingly flattened-out yet liquescent brushstrokes remains irresistibly seductive.