play fast and loose

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of play fast and loose

: to behave in a clever and dishonest way usually + with
  • He was accused of playing fast and loose with the truth.
  • reporters playing fast and loose with the facts

Word by Word Definitions

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

fast play
  1. : firmly fixed

  2. : tightly shut

  3. : adhering firmly

  1. : in a firm or fixed manner

  2. : in a sound manner : deeply

  3. : in a rapid manner : quickly

  1. : to abstain from food

  2. : to eat sparingly or abstain from some foods

  1. : the practice of fasting

  2. : a time of fasting

  1. : something that fastens (such as a mooring line) or holds a fastening

loose play
  1. : not rigidly fastened or securely attached

  2. : having worked partly free from attachments

  3. : having relative freedom of movement

  1. : to let loose (see 1loose) : release

  2. : to free from restraint

  3. : to make loose : untie

  1. : in a loose manner (see 1loose) : loosely


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