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snap judgment

A decision made hastily, recklessly, or without careful consideration. The company enjoyed huge success in the '90s, but a series of snap judgments backfired on them, leading them to the brink of bankruptcy. The officer made the snap judgment to take the unresponsive child into his patrol car and rush her to the hospital himself.
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snap judgment

A hurried or impetuous decision or finding, as in George was known for making snap judgments on personnel questions; he rarely bothered to investigate further . This expression, which uses snap in the sense of "quick," was first recorded in 1841.
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The PS35million man has made a snap judgement after just over a fortnight training on Merseyside following his move from Arsenal.
That said, I am thankful that I did not make a snap judgement based on one person's OPINIONS, because in this issue I read [name withheld] 's letter.
"I don't think it would be fair on him or fair on us to make any snap judgement. We'll just reflect on it, when we're ready we'll make a call on what happens next."
Roy Hodgson will not make a snap judgement on whether he wants to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain.
A prospective employer will often make a snap judgement the second they read your CV so getting it right first time is critical.
School lawyer Mr Wright said the principal had been forced to make a snap judgement and has since reconsidered it.
It is fortunate then, that this England management have not made a snap judgement based on one county match, instead rewarding his excellent displays since the beginning of last season with a call-up to a pre-Ashes training camp squad in Spain later this month.
Defender Gabriel Heinze, however, has urged Maradona not to make a snap judgement on his future.
Snap judgement? One day A British Symphony might be regarded as a groundbreaking, iconoclastic masterpiece light-years away from the cosy world of the National Song Book.
This represents a snap judgement and is not the solution to Olympic failure.
The judge said the more he examined matters the more apparent it was he could not "simply furnish some form of snap judgement in favour of or against the injections".
Instead of in-depth analysis, we should just make a snap judgement about the powers that be and then hold it against them for ever.
Robben's tumbling to the turf had forced referee Alan Wiley into making a difficult snap judgement that Curbishley felt would be better made by a FA panel analysing the incident after those involved had calmed down.
All prejudice is revealed in snap judgements. Most miscarriages of justice begin with a snap judgement.