An example of short shrift is a paper that was written in the middle of the night without research or checking for spelling errors.
Origin of short shriftorigin, originally , a brief time granted a condemned person for religious confession and absolution before execution: see shrift
make short shrift of
- Summary, careless treatment; scant attention: These annoying memos will get short shrift from the boss.
- Quick work.
- a. A short respite, as from death.b. The brief time before execution granted a condemned prisoner for confession and absolution.
(plural short shrifts)
Originally, a rushed sacrament of confession (shrift) given to a prisoner who was to be executed very soon.