One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Behave irresponsibly or immorally.
trifle, toy, play, amuse oneself, flirt, play fast and loose, tinker, philander, womanize, carry onView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘It appears that someone was playing fast and loose with the facts.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Like Atkinson he will risk abuse if he plays fast and loose with the story.’
- ‘You already noted that Moore plays fast and loose with the facts, and mildly criticized him for it.’
- ‘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.’
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