fast and loose


Definition of fast and loose

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

Examples of fast and loose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From otherworldly Ziggy Stardust to the ethereal Thin White Duke, Bowie played fast and loose with style, musicality and sexuality throughout an unrelenting five-decade career. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Musk is a taskmaster who plays fast and loose with the rules. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2022 In the first meeting of the season with Eastlake, Otay Ranch High blew a six-run lead, playing fast and loose in the field. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Actors like David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, and Leslie Mann do their level best to make this turkey fly, and the famous-people drive-bys (Kate McKinnon, Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy) come fast and loose. Kristen Baldwin,, 1 Apr. 2022 Hadid plays it fast and loose in an Alexander McQueen denim jacket, Tory Sport top and Alo leggings, showing how Chanel’s bag adds instant polish to an otherwise casual look with enough space to stow all your essentials whilst on the go. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2022 The low barrier to entry and the appealing limited nature of the pop-up model has been a gift to enterprising restaurateurs over the past year, but the fast and loose circumstances that are so conducive to pop-ups can also leave them vulnerable. Bon Appétit, 18 Oct. 2021 Playing fast and loose with history, British writer-director Jeymes Samuel and his co-writer, Boaz Yakin, have given their Nat a very different if no less traumatic origin story. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Wentz arrived in Indianapolis with a reputation for playing fast and loose with the football, a reputation earned in the disastrous Eagles season that led to the end of his time in Philadelphia. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fast and loose

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2022

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“Fast and loose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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