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short shrift

A minimal amount of time, attention, or consideration given to someone. (Typically used in the phrases "give/get short shrift.") Despite the urgency of the problem, the minister's proposed solutions are getting short shrift in parliament. As the middle child with a troublesome older brother and a needy younger sister, I felt like I was given short shrift growing up.
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short shrift

a brief period of consideration of a person's ideas or explanations. They gave the reporter short shrift and got him out of the office. My plan got short shrift from the boarda ten-minute presentation; they then voted it down.
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short shrift

rapid and unsympathetic dismissal; curt treatment.
Shrift literally denotes penance imposed after confession to a priest, and historically short shrift referred to a very brief allowance of time between condemnation and execution or other punishment.
2002 Art in America Edward Strickland's Minimalism: Origins , published in 1993 , gives surprisingly short shrift to the Minimalists of the 1960s.
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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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AHEAD of the return of The X Factor, Sharon Osbourne has issued a warning that she will give short shrift to any wannabes who are just using the TV show to become famous.
Mothers and fathers of teenagers know that suspicions of "overparenting" get short shrift. Standing behind your teenager while he or she is on their computer is a short cut to a row.
COLD callers will receive short shrift in Dolwyd as the village has joined a scheme run by Safer Conwy to cut down on doorstep cold callers.
The lad alleged to have made these remarks got short shrift, but the judge ruled nothing defamatory had been said.
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What a shame the Sex Pistol was given short shrift by short-sighted producers of the late lamented soap.
US vice-presidential debates, much like vice-presidents, are often given short shrift, but much attention will be focused tonight on Barack Obama's running mate Joe Biden and whether he can reverse his campaign's momentum following what many believe was a weak debate performance by the president.
The city council must stand up for the future prosperity of us all and give short shrift to these people and tell them what to do with their awards that mean absolutely nothing surprise lady in "I'm first generation series - it KT Byrne, L17
FORMER owner James Crickmore, six days into a 14-year warning-off from racing, appeared to receive short shrift from the BHA when he put it to them that the punishment would affect his social life, writes Tony Smurthwaite.
A source close tothe player told the Sunday Mirror that Barton was sounded out about discussing the possibility of joining Newcastle's bitter rivals, but gave the suggestion short shrift.
However, the constituents of the Left Democratic Front, like the Janata Dal (Secular), the Revolutionary Socialist Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Kerala Congress have given short shrift to the youth.
It was Winston Churchill with a few cohorts and the British working class who gave them short shrift. The film awards are for Colin Firth's portrayal of George VI.
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ENGINEERING firm Babcock International yesterday revealed an approach for rival VT Group worth more than pounds 1bn, but said it was given short shrift by its takeover target.
Elsewhere, Ryan is given short shrift when he tries to apologise to Katie.