fast and loose
adverb Date: 1580 1. in a reckless or irresponsible manner <
played fast and loose with the public purse strings — Paul Stuewe
2. in a craftily deceitful way <
manipulated evidence…and played fast and loose with the truth — C. V. Woodward

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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 — Loose Loose (l[=oo]s), a. [Compar. {Looser} (l[=oo]s [ e]r); superl. {Loosest}.] [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. le[ a]s false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. l[ o]s, Goth. laus, and E. lose. [root]127. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fast and Loose — may refer to:Fast and Loose (con game) a cheating game sometimes known as The Strap Fast and Loose (film) a 1930 romatic comedy starring Miriam Hopkins and Carole Lombard Fast and Loose (1939 film) a 1939 detective comedy starring Robert… …   Wikipedia

  • fast and loose — described as a cheating game played with a stick and a belt or string, so arranged that a spectator would think he could make the latter fast by placing a stick through its intricate folds, whereas the operator could detach it at once. [James O.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fast-and-loose — fastˈ and looseˈ noun A cheating game practised at fairs, the dupe being invited to put a stick in the loop of a coiled belt so that it cannot be pulled away (also called prick the garter) • • • Main Entry: ↑fast …   Useful english dictionary

  • fast and loose — index variable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • 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 —  Irresponsible; deceitful.  ► “ In Asia, there is the potentially explosive combination of investmentbank salesmen from the financial capitals of the West playing fast and loose and their inexperienced Asian counterparts. The financial fire they… …   American business jargon

  • fast and loose — Synonyms and related words: adrift, afloat, alternating, amorphous, capricious, changeable, changeful, desultory, deviable, dizzy, eccentric, erratic, fickle, fitful, flickering, flighty, flitting, fluctuating, freakish, giddy, impetuous,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fast and loose — 1. Variable, inconstant, fickle, uncertain. 2. Slippery, unreliable, tricky, shuffling, evasive, fencing, hedging …   New dictionary of synonyms

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