Definition of play fast and loose in English:

play fast and loose

phrase

  • Behave irresponsibly or immorally.

    ‘I am not someone who plays fast and loose with other people's lives’
    • ‘It appears that someone was playing fast and loose with the facts.’
    • ‘Practicing cheap and dirty politics, playing fast and loose with the facts and even lying: Accusations like these, and worse, have been slung nonstop this year.’
    • ‘Many people around Scotland's coasts have done very nicely for decades out of taking too many fish from the sea, failing to plan for stock regeneration and playing fast and loose with European fisheries quotas.’
    • ‘You already noted that Moore plays fast and loose with the facts, and mildly criticized him for it.’
    • ‘This is the norm in overseas universities, where academics caught making up ‘evidence,’ doctoring lab results and playing fast and loose with the facts get into an awful lot of trouble.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Chris, one of his students, is blazing away at his own novel, a historical saga that plays fast and loose with the facts about Mary, Queen of Scots.’
    • ‘While on the topic of movies; Ridley Scott's latest movie venture on the Crusades has earned him the the ire of history academics who have accused him of playing fast and loose with the truth.’
    • ‘Like Atkinson he will risk abuse if he plays fast and loose with the story.’
    • ‘This film about the Latin American revolutionary plays fast and loose with the facts.’
    • ‘As a historian and also a lover of the arts, Marshall has no problem with Schiller's playing fast and loose with the facts.’
    trifle, toy, play, amuse oneself, flirt, play fast and loose, tinker, philander, womanize, carry on
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