One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Imprecise, disorganized, or excessively relaxed.‘other guys can goof around, be all loosey-goosey before a game’‘a loosey-goosey interpretation of traditional doctrine’
- ‘He just might be the loosey-goosey quarterback the Patriots don't want to see right now.’
- ‘It's a music documentary with a laid back feel, just right for Adam's expert but loosey-goosey rock/country/folk music.’
- ‘Webb is a loosey-goosey guy and only his action of sneaking out of the production truck between innings to steal a smoke shows the kind of tension he and his fellows are under in the course of bringing the action into millions of homes.’
- ‘This loosey-goosey approach might make it easier for some motivated students to jump the GED hurdle swiftly and move on to college or work.’
- ‘Unfortunately, this seems to entail excessive, gaudy ornamentation of their country-tinged pop numbers and moments of forced spontaneity to convince us they're the same loosey-goosey bar band they always were.’
- ‘With some classes you may be able to get away with the loosey-goosey approach of just letting students hit you with questions, but high schoolers will typically expect you to bring something to the table.’
- ‘The producer can sometimes be so loosey-goosey as to be annoying, but he reins in that tendency here and provides a solid anchor for both leading actors to key from.’
- ‘We have - kind of - a very loosey-goosey way of working.’
- ‘A lot of people think we're just relaxed, loosey-goosey, but we have a lot of discipline.’
1980s: fanciful formation from loose + goosey.
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