Play fast and loose

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Play fast and loose (from the foregoing), to be unreliable, to say one thing and do another
    • Play fast and loose to act in a tricky, inconstant way: to say one thing and do another
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Idioms

Play fast and loose - If people play fast and loose, they behave in an irresponsible way and don't respect rules, etc.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. plegan, to play.

Usage

In literature:

For one thing, you're playing fast and loose with Dysart.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
I guess I've been playing fast and loose with myself.
"A Pair of Patient Lovers" by William Dean Howells
Good Lord, haven't you played fast and loose with me?
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
You 've played fast and loose with me long enough.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
How dare you play fast and loose with us, after all the expenses you have caused us?
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
And he had need of all his quickness, for he was playing fast and loose with death.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Gentlemen do not play fast and loose with a woman like Katharine Ogden!
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
She shall marry no scapegrace who plays fast and loose with women's hearts.
"Sweet Mace" by George Manville Fenn
An ordinary woman would have played fast and loose with love and duty; and so would have been true to neither.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
You had no right to play fast and loose with me.
"Why Marry?" by Jesse Lynch Williams
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In poetry:

The drunkard, God and all his gifts will leave,
With his possessions he'll play fast and loose,
To the first harlot he can find, he'll cleave,
His mem'ry, money; nay, himself, he'll lose.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard

In news:

The Obama administration is playing fast and loose with both the facts and the policy rationale for restricting private sector investment in America's enormous energy prospects.
Why tribes believe solar companies are playing fast and loose with Native American heritage.
Terrence McNally's Master Class deliberately plays fast and loose with historical fact in search of artistic truth.
VIEW / Public's taste for nonfiction has publishers playing fast and loose with labels.
Argentina plays fast and loose with inflation facts.
Candidates playing fast and loose with facts.
Thomas says Stapley 'played fast and loose with the rules.
Professional Soccer Player Plays Fast and Loose With Mini Golf Rules.
'Million Dollar Quartet' plays it fast and loose.
New Jersey Republicans are playing fast and loose with the facts about the millionaire's tax that Democrats support and that Gov Christie has steadfastly opposed.
A Pakistani attorney alleges America is playing fast and loose with its new drone policy in Yemen.
Letter on contraception and teens played fast and loose with the facts.
Letter on contraception and teens played fast and loose with the facts *Raising US gas tax would be too painful *Blown call and a missed opportunity in NFL game.
That being said, sure sometimes I may play a little fast and loose with the dates on things.
Many iPhone and Android apps designed for children are playing fast and loose with privacy, according to the Federal Trade Commission .
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