Play Fast and Loose

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To be capricious and irresponsible, to do all that pleases one without caring to have offended others


  • The phrase is thought to have originated in 14th century when in game tricksters deceived common people by presenting them a challenge to perform certain tricks which were almost impossible to do. They used to take money from those who failed to perform. The game had loops in a strings or different folds in a belt. Later in 15th century the phrase was also used by William Shakespeare in his plays which meant to deceive people.

Despite receiving criticism, John just cannot help playing fast and loose with others.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Play Fast and Loose':

play fast and looseTo be recklessly inaccurate, inappropriate, or otherwise ignoring guidelines and conventions.
play fast and looseTo ignore proper behavior or social conventions, especially when it suits ones purpose.
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