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English idiom: “Give or get short shrift” – (to) give (or receive) cursory attention or little time…Literally, shrift refers to confession to a priest, who gives absolution and penance, and short shrift to the brief time allowed for this sacrament to a prisoner before execution. Shakesphere so used it in Richard III (3:4), but it came to be used more loosely in succeeding centuries (late 1800’s).
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