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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
Unlike many of his more slapdash efforts, there's nothing cheap-looking in the tech work and the unabashed display of vulgarity, silly costumes and bosses dressed as flying squirrels.
If not for the slapdash bullpen, the Phillies would have won more than two of those starts.
The Seattle Times reported Monday that education advocates remain worried that a slapdash McCleary deal won’t go far enough to help Washington’s students.
Less so are the movie’s slapdash setup and paper-thin characterizations.
Even with the rise of the internet and new technology in the 2000s, paper zines have survived and become more creative and nuanced — with many creators relishing in the quirky and slapdash ways of producing the magazine, Farmer said.
A strikingly slapdash self-portrait by Emma Amos, from 1966, centers the artist’s intense, direct gaze.
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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Did You Know?
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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