slapdash

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj slapdash marked by great carelessness "a most haphazard system of record keeping","slapdash work","slipshod spelling","sloppy workmanship"
    • adv slapdash directly "he ran bang into the pole","ran slap into her"
    • adv slapdash in a careless or reckless manner "the shelves were put up slapdash"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slapdash In a bold, careless manner; at random.
    • v. t Slapdash To apply, or apply something to, in a hasty, careless, or rough manner; to roughcast; as, to slapdash mortar or paint on a wall, or to slapdash a wall.
    • Slapdash With a slap; all at once; slap.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slapdash In a sudden, offhand, abrupt, random, or headlong manner; abruptly; suddenly; all at once.
    • slapdash Dashing; offhand; abrupt; free, careless, or happy-go-lucky; rash or random; impetuous: as, a slap-dash manner; slap-dash work; a slap-dash writer.
    • n slapdash A composition of lime and coarse sand, mixed to a liquid consistency and applied to exterior walls as a preservative; rough-casting; harling.
    • n slapdash The outside plaster filling of a half-timbered house, between the beams.
    • n slapdash Offhand, careless, happy-go-lucky, or ill-considered action or work.
    • n slapdash Violent abuse.
    • slapdash To do in a rough or careless manner.
    • slapdash To rough-cast (a wall) with mortar.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Slap, + dash,

Usage

In literature:

I didna gae slapdash to them wi' our young bra' bridegroom, to gar them baud up the market.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
Balzac wrote the stranger a slapdash of a letter, as he was always doing, and forgot the incident.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
But you and I, Molly, are too slapdash.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
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In news:

Over the years, however, slapdash renovations left the hotel a "patchwork catastrophe," Patrick Norguet recalls.
She is a last-ditch, slapdash shot for a win.
Send it to Slapdash Gourmet at news @toledofreepress.com.
This entry was posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at 4:44 pm and is filed under Slapdash Gourmet, Star.
The fiscal cliff crisis is a slapdash amalgam of cowardice and obstinacy.
In a somewhat slapdash simulated game on Field 2 at Tradition Field, Pedro Martinez threw 53 pitches to a rotating group of four hitters, including Damion Easley and Endy Chavez.
So I reached out to Linda Hay--she's Victoria's Secret's makeup artist--to help fix my slapdash, aimless ways.
The be-in's slapdash immediacy, heightened by Whitehead 's improvisational technique, made Wholly Communion a planetary news bulletin.
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