hare·​brained | \ ˈher-ˈbrānd How to pronounce harebrained (audio) \

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the movie follows the harebrained antics of a pair of stoners who seem incapable of growing up a harebrained idea to go for a hike in an area where grizzly bear attacks had recently been reported

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But the fans there—as well as the fans in Montreal, so cruelly stripped of their Expos—shouldn’t have to settle for half a team through some harebrained cross-country scheme that features one foot constantly out the door. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Split-Season Push in Montreal Is the Rays' Latest Desperate Attempt for a New Stadium," 20 June 2019 Of all his campaign pledges, none was more appealing to those at his rallies than the border wall, and none was more harebrained. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's wall is performance art, not border security," 14 Mar. 2018 Making matters worse was Mr. Modi’s harebrained decision two years ago to invalidate nearly 90% of India’s currency by value, which gutted many small businesses. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Modi’s Party Crashes to Defeat, Casting Doubt on His Re-Election," 13 Dec. 2018 Now Supervisor Aaron Peskin, last seen mounting a harebrained scheme to prevent companies from offering lunch to their employees, is back in the news with another empty gesture. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Ed Whelan freestyled a harebrained theory about mistaken identity on Twitter right in front of everyone. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 The cross-country cycling tour was my grandfather's harebrained scheme for exploring his adoptive homeland. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 June 2018 Sundry underworld types scratch and sniff in pursuit, but their harebrained motives — like the money itself — are mere tools with which to paint a pitch-black picture of Chinese economic frustration set against the allure of Western opportunity. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Have a Nice Day,’ a Follow-the-Money Tale in China," 25 Jan. 2018 Highlights were plentiful this season, from a harebrained Jack White to a regal Cardi B to a firebrand Childish Gambino. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Who Was Your Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Musical Guest This Season? Vote!," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of harebrained

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of harebrained was in 1534

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English Language Learners Definition of harebrained

informal : very silly or foolish


hare·​brained | \ ˈher-ˈbrānd How to pronounce harebrained (audio) \

Kids Definition of harebrained

: foolish a harebrained plan

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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