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
The legendary vintage scene at Portobello Road Market, stretching from Golborne Road to Westbourne Grove, gave birth to the seemingly slapdash high-low mix that defines good street style to this day.
Inovo ultimately paid the Flynn Intel Group only $530,000 and received little more than slapdash research and a comically inept attempt to make an anti-Gulen video, which was never completed.
As for Congress — well, just consider the shambolic attempt at health-care reform this summer, the bizarre slapdash procession of bills designed to skirt or exploit every procedure in the books.
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.
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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
Synonymsaimless, arbitrary, catch-as-catch-can, desultory, erratic, haphazard, helter-skelter, hit-or-miss, scattered, random, stray
Antonymsmethodical (also methodic), nonrandom, orderly, organized, regular, systematic, systematized
Related Wordsaccidental, casual, chance, chancy, contingent, fluky (also flukey), fortuitous, inadvertent, incidental, lucky, unconsidered, unintended, unintentional, unplanned, unpremeditated; scattershot, shotgun; irregular, odd, sporadic, spot; directionless, objectless, purposeless; indiscriminate, unsystematic; undirected; disorderly, disorganized; undiscriminating, unselective
Near Antonymsestablished, fixed, regular, set, stable, steady; constant, continuous, even; arranged, managed, orchestrated, ordered, planned; aware, conscious, deliberate, purposeful, thoughtful, willful (or wilful)
SLAPDASH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of slapdash for English Language Learners
: quick and careless
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