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 During a winding 90-minute speech in front of a packed crowd at the Huntington Center, Trump was fast and loose with much of the truth about the economy in the Buckeye State. cleveland, "Donald Trump tells Toledo crowd Ohio had its ‘best year economically,’ even as the state lost jobs," 10 Jan. 2020 In interviews, Prouvost has been known to play fast and loose with facts — misstating her age, making up family members. Washington Post, "At the Hirshhorn, a showcase of recent acquisitions takes the temperature of the art world," 24 Dec. 2019 Internet companies in particular are being hounded by authorities on bothsides of the Atlantic for playing fast and loose with user data and fuelling political polarisation. The Economist, "Business 2019 in review: coping with geopolitics and anti-capitalism," 27 Dec. 2019 Midnight in Paris plays fast and loose with its characterizations (and besides, Avengers: Endgame has already shown that most assumptions about time travel are false, anyway). Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 Britain’s political leaders have played fast and loose with the future EU trading relationship and some have shown a willful disregard for companies’ concerns. Washington Post, "Brexit Sparks a Full-Blown Business Emergency," 19 Sep. 2019 The series, which features recurring characters as well as stand-alone stories, plays fast and loose with metaphysics, laws of time and space, and conventional storytelling formats. Christopher Arnott,, "Here’s how the weird fictional podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ will come to life at College Street Music Hall," 30 Aug. 2019 With most of the cast barefoot throughout (nothing deeper there, says Lopez, than to facilitate quick costume changes) The Inheritance plays fast and loose with structure, and moods change with head-spinning frequency. John Norris, Billboard, "In Broadway's Powerful Queer Epic 'The Inheritance,' Matthew Lopez Bridges an LGBTQ Generation Gap," 7 Nov. 2019 As a form, the personal essay plays fast and loose with the truth. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "On Amazon, a Show About Modern Love," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fast and loose

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fast and loose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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