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    Question Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    Hi,
    As far as I know, if something is done in a careless way we can call it a slapdash. Is there anyphrasal verb which results in such a thing? I mean the verb we use when we have done something quickly and carelessly, as in, 'I just made this powerpoint...'.


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    Default Re: Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    As far as I know, if something is done in a careless way we can call it a slapdash. Is there anyphrasal verb which results in such a thing? I mean the verb we use when we have done something quickly and carelessly, as in, 'I just made this powerpoint...'.


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    I can't think of one that suggests having done something carelessly, but if you've done it quickly you can use "to whip up".

    I whipped up lunch in 2 minutes before I went out.
    I've just whipped up this report but I haven't had time to proofread it.

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    Default Re: Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    I just threw it together.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    How about I knocked up/off a Powerpoint presentation?

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    Default Re: Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about I knocked up/off a Powerpoint presentation?
    Aha! "Knocked up" is actually what I was trying to think of when I ended up posting "whipped up" (my second choice).

    I like "threw it together" although I think I would use that for a meal, and possibly an outfit, but probably not a written report. Maybe that's just me.

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    Default Re: Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    Many thanks to all dear posters!

    I had, for no reason, thought that 'to whip up', and 'to rustle up' were just used for meals.



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    Default Re: Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Many thanks to all dear posters!

    I had, for no reason, thought that 'to whip up', and 'to rustle up' were just used for meals.



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    "Rustle up" I would definitely use for food.

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    Default Re: Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    How about money? If the cash machine were broken and you had to rummage around for cash in your house, would you say I managed to rustle up ten quid?

    (I would)

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    Default Re: Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    "Knock" off is also used for copies of designer goods. It's vaguely possible that if you say you knocked off the presentation, someone might think you took an existing presentation someone else had created and changed it just a bit (putting your logo on instead of theirs, whatever).
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Any phrasal verb for 'something slapdash'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about I knocked up/off a Powerpoint presentation?
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Aha! "Knocked up" is actually what I was trying to think of when I ended up posting "whipped up" (my second choice).
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    "Knocked up" is informally used in AmE to mean to become pregnant or to get someone pregnant.

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