play fast and loose

behave irresponsibly or immorally.
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English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • play fast and loose — 1. (from the cheating game) to be unreliable or shifty 2. To behave without sense of moral obligation 3. To trifle (with with) • • • Main Entry: ↑fast play fast and loose To act in a shifty, inconsistent, and reckless fashion • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • play fast and loose — verb a) To ignore proper behavior or social conventions, especially when it suits ones purpose. I cannot say that the there were any outright lies in the editorial, but it does play fast and loose with the truth. b) To be recklessly inaccurate,… …   Wiktionary

  • play fast and loose with — old fashioned phrase to treat someone or something in a careless way He had played fast and loose with her feelings. Thesaurus: to be cruel or unkind to someonesynonym Main entry: play …   Useful english dictionary

  • play fast and loose (with somebody) — play fast and ˈloose (with sb/sth) idiom (old fashioned) to treat sb/sth in a way that shows that you feel no responsibility or respect for them Main entry: ↑fastidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • play fast and loose (with something) — play fast and ˈloose (with sb/sth) idiom (old fashioned) to treat sb/sth in a way that shows that you feel no responsibility or respect for them Main entry: ↑fastidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fast and loose — Fast Fast, a. [Compar. {Faster}; superl. {Fastest}.] [OE., firm, strong, not loose, AS. f[ae]st; akin to OS. fast, D. vast, OHG. fasti, festi, G. fest, Icel. fastr, Sw. & Dan. fast, and perh. to E. fetter. The sense swift comes from the idea of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fast and loose pulleys — Fast Fast, a. [Compar. {Faster}; superl. {Fastest}.] [OE., firm, strong, not loose, AS. f[ae]st; akin to OS. fast, D. vast, OHG. fasti, festi, G. fest, Icel. fastr, Sw. & Dan. fast, and perh. to E. fetter. The sense swift comes from the idea of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fast and Loose (con game) — Fast and Loose is a cheating game played at fairs by sharpers. Also known as Pricking the Garter (Renaissance), The Strap (1930 con man argot), and The Old Army Game (World War II). In older periods, the leather or cloth webbing garters that men… …   Wikipedia

  • fast and loose — adverb : recklessly, irresponsibly : in a craftily deceitful way formerly used in the phrase to play at fast and loose; now usually used in the phrase to play fast and loose playing fast and loose with concepts of right and wrong to justify our… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fast and Loose (film) — Infobox Film name = Fast and Loose image size = 225px caption = theatrical poster director = Fred C. Newmeyer producer = writer = Play: David Gray Avery Hopwood Screen story: Doris Anderson Jack Kirkland Dialogue: Preston Sturges narrator =… …   Wikipedia

  • Fast — Fast, a. [Compar. {Faster}; superl. {Fastest}.] [OE., firm, strong, not loose, AS. f[ae]st; akin to OS. fast, D. vast, OHG. fasti, festi, G. fest, Icel. fastr, Sw. & Dan. fast, and perh. to E. fetter. The sense swift comes from the idea of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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