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short shrift

  

      n  
1    brief and unsympathetic treatment  
2    (formerly) a brief period allowed to a condemned prisoner to make confession  
3    make short shrift of   to dispose of quickly and unsympathetically  
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short

  

      adj  
1    abridged, brief, clipped, compendious, compressed, concise, curtailed, laconic, pithy, sententious, succinct, summary, terse  
2    diminutive, dumpy, fubsy     (archaic or dialect)   knee high to a gnat, knee high to a grasshopper, little, low, petite, small, squat, wee  
3    brief, fleeting, momentary, short-lived, short-term  
4      (often with)       of   deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, limited, low (on), meagre, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, short-handed, slender, slim, sparse, strapped (for)     (slang)   tight, wanting  
5    abrupt, blunt, brusque, crusty, curt, discourteous, gruff, impolite, offhand, sharp, terse, testy, uncivil  
6    direct, straight  
7      (of pastry)   brittle, crisp, crumbly, friable  
      adv  
8    abruptly, by surprise, suddenly, unaware, without warning  
9    cut short      abbreviate, arrest, butt in, curtail, cut in on, dock, halt, interrupt, nip (something) in the bud, reduce, stop, terminate  
10    fall short      be inadequate, disappoint, fail, fall down on     (informal)   not come up to expectations or scratch     (informal)  
11    in short      briefly, in a nutshell, in a word, in essence, to come to the point, to cut a long story short, to put it briefly  
12    short of:     
a    apart from, except, other than, unless  
b    deficient in, in need of, lacking, low (on), missing, wanting  
  
Antonyms     
,       adj  
1    diffuse, lengthy, long, long-drawn-out, long-winded, prolonged, rambling, unabridged, verbose, wordy  
2    big, high, lanky, lofty, tall  
3    extended, long, long-term  
4    abundant, adequate, ample, bountiful, copious, inexhaustible, plentiful, sufficient, well-stocked  
5    civil, courteous, polite  
      adv  
8    bit by bit, gently, gradually, little by little, slowly  


cut short     
abort, break off, bring to an end, check, dock, halt, interrupt, leave unfinished, postpone, pull the plug on, stop, terminate, truncate  
fall short     
be deficient, be lacking, be wanting, fail, miss, prove inadequate  
short-lived     
brief, ephemeral, fleeting, impermanent, passing, short, temporary, transient, transitory  
short-sighted  
1    blind as a bat, myopic, near-sighted  
2    careless, ill-advised, ill-considered, impolitic, impractical, improvident, imprudent, injudicious, seeing no further than (the end of) one's nose, unthinking  
short-staffed     
below strength, short-handed, undermanned, understaffed  
short-tempered     
choleric, fiery, hot-tempered, impatient, irascible, peppery, quick-tempered, ratty     (Brit. & N.Z. informal)   testy, touchy  

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n.
a short performance
n.
very short haircut
abbr. acron.
Short for "Throwback Thursday".
It has become a central part of the Internet’s lexicon and is used everywhere when somebody posts an old picture of themselves.
abbr. acron.
Short for "parents are watching"
[Fam.];[Slang] Used by kids as a warning that an adult is around and so they aren't free to talk.
exp.
be negatively impacted by a situation, event.
E.g.: The building is being renovated, but for the moment people living there get the short end of the stick.
abbr. acron.
Short for "to be honest".
[Fam.]
n.
Short for "quoted for truth".
[Slang];[Fam.] When someone says something you agree with so vehemently that you couldn’t have said it better yourself.
abbr. acron.
Short for "In My Opinion".
[Fam.]
abbr. acron.
Short for "Fuck My Life".
[Slang]
abbr. acron.
Short for "shaking my head".
[Slang];[Fam.] Used to convey your disappointment at someone doing or saying something utterly stupid.
abbr. acron.
Short for "today I learned".
[Fam.];[Slang] When you learn about information that isn’t new but is novel for you, share it with the world by adding a “TIL”.
abbr. acron.
Short for "I love you".
[Fam.]
abbr. acron.
Short for "by the way".
[Fam.]
abbr. acron.
Short for 'What the fuck?'
[Slang]
v.
move a short distance, especially while seated
abbr. acron.
Short for "I don't know".
[Fam.]
abbr. acron.
Short for "Fixed That For You".
[Fam.]
abbr. acron.
Short for "just so you know".
[Fam.]
abbr. acron.
Short for "not safe for work".
[Fam.]
abbr. acron.
Short for "In my humble opinion".
[Fam.]
n.
Short for "mother I'd like to fuck".
[Fam.];[Slang] Slang term referring to an older and good-looking woman.
abbr. acron.
Short for "Explain it like I'm 5".
Most often, it’s used to explain science or technology in layman’s terms.
abbr. acron.
Short for "too long; didn't read".
[Fam.];[Slang]
exp.
sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
n.
a series of tweets on the same topic published in a short period
[Tech.]
n.
A small short-term loan, with very high interest rates, that the borrower promises to repay on or near the next payday. Used by wage earners who run short of cash before payday. Payday lending is an established form of lending in the US and Canada.
Also: payday advance, overnight loan.
n.
very short presentation of a product or a company that you would do to somebody you meet briefly, like in an elevator, to attract his/her attention
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