Definition of short shrift in English:

short shrift


  • 1Rapid and unsympathetic dismissal; curt treatment.

    ‘the judge gave short shrift to an argument based on the right to free speech’
    • ‘But are they being too ‘liberal’ in their attitudes - to the extent of giving short shrift to their mother tongue?’
    • ‘But Leonard, who travelled to New Zealand in 1993 and South Africa four years ago, gives the men in suits short shrift.’
    • ‘Such behaviour can only receive short shrift to the fruit of democracy Zambians have only just started enjoying.’
    • ‘Antiwar sentiments, however vague, were given short shrift.’
    • ‘Fishman gives short shrift to any sentimental notion of a unified Jewish community.’
    • ‘Are arguments about the First Amendment getting short shrift?’
    • ‘But the downside is sometimes we give short shrift to everything else.’
    • ‘Will the networks continue to give short shrift to the international stories so prized by the globetrotting correspondent?’
    • ‘That way, the neighbor won't be expecting an endorsement, and the opponent won't fear he will be given short shrift.’
    • ‘A few thought I gave short shrift to the value of biodiversity in medicine.’
    • ‘Foundation hospitals were given short shrift.’
    • ‘Hansen said his people are still given short shrift.’
    • ‘Such speculation gets short shrift from Michael Henderson.’
    • ‘In general, philosophy, history, and policy got short shrift in teacher-preparation courses, the paper said.’
    • ‘In 1986, crime victims got short shrift from the justice system.’
    • ‘Each character has his or her own painful story, and none are given short shrift in this treatment.’
    • ‘Woodward also gave short shrift to the rumoured spat between Larder and O'Sullivan.’
    • ‘He does not give short shrift to the slavery issue.’
    • ‘But these got short shrift in Luxembourg last Wednesday.’
    • ‘Quite a few of them, especially the officers who represented the military elite, hated the Bolsheviks because they saw them as giving short shrift to the state.’
    1. 1.1archaic Little time between condemnation and execution or punishment.