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Meaning of short shrift

short' shrift'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a brief time for confession or absolution given to a condemned prisoner before his or her execution.
  2. little attention or consideration in dealing with a person or matter: to give short shrift to an opponent's arguments.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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