Fast and loose

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now cohering, now disjoined; inconstant, esp. in the phrases to play at fast and loose, to play fast and loose, to act with giddy or reckless inconstancy or in a tricky manner; to say one thing and do another.
See under Fast.

See also: Fast, Loose

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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THE pilot who killed 11 people when he crashed at Shoreham Air Show was a risk-taker who "played fast and loose" with safety, a court heard yesterday.
Like a reconstructed 1980s vehicle that's neither vintage nor contemporary, the pic occupies a strangely entertaining no-man's land as it spins its story of a chic, careerist cop from Paris, forced to collaborate with a colleague from the banlieue projects who plays fast and loose with the rules.
tHE Government is "playing fast and loose" with public safety by slashing police numbers, said the chairman of the association representing rank-and-file officers.
Fast And Loose (BBC2, 10pm) FAST And Loose has been an enjoyably cuddly little addition to the Friday schedules, which, though it lacks the snarl and venom of big brother Mock The Week, does what it sets out to do - and makes us laugh.
CLOUD NOTHINGS CLOUD NOTHINGS ELEVEN tracks played fast and loose, barely a few of which cross the three-minute barrier.
Tel: 029 2087 8889 The Swellers Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff Tickets: pounds 6 US band play fast and loose punk rock from new album Ups and Downsizing, Tel: 029 2023 2199
"Playing fast and loose with the financial stability of this country for political gain - destabilising the markets - is dangerous, irresponsible and wrong.
Lightning Bolt: Usain crosses line as rivals battle for silver; Fast and loose: Bolt wins despite flapping lace on his running spikes
The assault came after Mr Brown lambasted Tories for "playing fast and loose" with the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to achieve short-term political gain.
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