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Examples of slapdash in a Sentence
the investigation of the charges against the mayor was slapdash and not very thorough
Recent Examples of slapdash from the Web
Besides management issues, the system has been criticized as a slapdash effort at stringing older technology together into a modern security screening system.
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The first known use of "slapdash" in English came in 1679 from the British poet and dramatist John Dryden, who used it as an adverb in his play The kind keeper; or Mr. Limberham: "Down I put the notes slap-dash." The Oxford English Dictionary defines this sense in part as "[w]ith, or as with, a slap and a dash," perhaps suggesting the notion of an action (such as painting) performed with quick, imprecise movements. Over 100 years later, the word acquired the adjectival sense with which we are more familiar today, describing something done in a hasty, careless, or haphazard manner.
First Known Use of slapdash
SLAPDASH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of slapdash for English Language Learners
: quick and careless
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