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English definition of “short shrift”

short shrift

noun [U] uk   /ˌʃɔːtˈʃrɪft/ us    /ˌʃɔːrt-/
If you get or are given short shrift by someone, you are treated without sympathy and given little attention: He'll get short shrift from me if he starts complaining about money again, now that I know how much he earns!Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
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