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    Default Quick and dirty

    Can we say that these expressions are synonymous with "quick and dirty" (= done fast but not well)? Are there the other equivalents?

    1- Give it the quick once-over.
    2- Give it a cat's lick and a promise.

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    "Cursory" is similar to "done fast but not well", see http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/cursory

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    Default Re: Quick and dirty

    Both 1 and 2 are sentences. How can one compare them with an adverb phrase?

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    Default Re: Quick and dirty

    And how can an adjective be suitable there, Matthew?

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    Default Re: Quick and dirty

    The OP said "quick and dirty" which are adjectives, perhaps he wanted another adjective.

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    Am I supposed to get my answer through your irrelevant replies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Am I supposed to get my answer through your irrelevant replies?
    Interesting approach to take with people who volunteer their time to help learners.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Interesting approach to take with people who volunteer their time to help learners.
    No. You are under misapprehension. I didn't want to offend anyone. On the contrary, all of your efforts are highly appreciated. But I made up a question. Someone said it's an adverb phrase. Someones repeated what I mentioned. Yet, I didn't get my answer.

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    Default Re: Quick and dirty

    They are not synonymous.

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    Default Re: Quick and dirty

    It depends what you're describing.

    For example, if you were trying to quickly assess whether something makes financial sense, you might do a "quick and dirty" calculation to see if seems to have a positive result. If so, you'd invest more time in a more rigorous assessment. I've heard that called a "back of the envelope calculation" and I've even heard (thought I don't like it) the verb "pencil" - the quick and dirty assessment done in pencil on the back of the envelope look like they might work: "Those numbers seem to pencil."

    If you had company coming over and ran through your house collecting your dirty glasses in your living room, folded the blanket on the couch and straightened the pile of magazines on the coffee table, and maybe ran the dust rag over the end table, you've done a "quick and dirty" tidying up. You might call that also "a lick and a promise" (I have never heard the version with the cat before) meaning you'll do the real cleaning later.
    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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