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
Recent Examples on the Web After talking to friends, chefs, historians, at least one architect, pasta manufacturers and his team, Pashman’s pasta project eventually went from harebrained hobby to its current status as an actual product anyone in the U.S. can purchase and eat. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 One possibility being floated by conservatives is a particularly harebrained scheme to undermine Social Security, in the guise of helping people get through the crisis. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, 11 May 2020 Despite its weighty emotional toll, the new album wouldn’t be a true Thundercat project without Bruner’s kaleidoscopic musical style and propensity for pairing morbidly serious topics with harebrained humor. Alex Suskind, EW.com, 2 Apr. 2020 Financing ostensibly harebrained schemes is an Affeldt specialty. Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2019 Because more often than not, a harebrained idea can turn into the perfect message that will resonate with other people trying to find the right words to say. Sarah Cook, al.com, 15 July 2019 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, 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, 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, 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of harebrained

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Harebrained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harebrained. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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