Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of club held in public houses, in which the members meet to drink, smoke, sing, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. [Colloq.] unconventional; unrestrained; regardless of formalities.
- adj. unconstrained and informal. Opposite of
stiff, starchy, formal.
- adj. lacking normal concern for propriety.
- adj. natural and unstudied
“Nonetheless, our system works so well that other nations are trying to move away from their harshly punitive treatment of insolvent debtors, and closer to our free-and-easy, all-is-forgiven model.”
“No more are the free-and-easy, dare-devil days, when fortunes were made in fast runs and lucky ventures, not alone for owners, but for captains as well.”
“Having spent all his life in cramped New England, where sharpness and shrewdness had been whetted to razor-edge on the harsh stone of meagre circumstance, he had found himself abruptly in the loose and free-and-easy West, where men thought in thousand-dollar bills and newsboys dropped dead at sight of copper cents.”
“It's Lincecum's free-and-easy attitude, as expressed in an ESPN profile, when he acknowledged that a daily shower is not necessarily part of his regimen.”
“This was not some expression of free-and-easy Amsterdam values, but because security men at the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion had confiscated their lederhosen.”
“As finance minister, his main strategy for combating deflation has been to browbeat the Bank of Japan into loosening an already free-and-easy monetary policy.”
“Gena sees free-and-easy sexuality as a badge of honor and is so incensed at having her promiscuity questioned that she launches into a disquisition on fellatio and its nuances and how, when practiced expertly, it can lead to a regular recipient's finally popping the marriage question.”
“Running for over a fortnight and regularly presenting two or three different short works per programme, this year's Tête à Tête festival blends its own creations with shows emanating elsewhere that fit neatly into its free-and-easy format.”
“He complained to the broadminded but abstemious Orion about the “abominable foreigners” and “whisky-swilling, God-despising heathens” who infested the city, but undercut the temperance lecture by confessing his attendance at “free-and-easy” amusements—a sort of precursor to open-mic night at a modern comedy club—in the local saloons.”
“Beginning to affect the free-and-easy physical style that went with their philosophies.”
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