from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Summary, careless treatment; scant attention.
- noun Quick work.
- noun A short respite, as from death.
- noun The brief time before execution granted a condemned prisoner for confession and absolution.
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- noun informal A
quick rejection, especially one which is impoliteand undertaken without proper consideration.
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- noun a brief and unsympathetic rejection
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Originally, a rushed sacrament of confession (shrift) given to a prisoner who was to be executed very soon.
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