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What Does "Quick-and-dirty" Mean?

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"Quick-and-dirty" is an English idiom. It means "done or produced hastily but achieving a result; not refined."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "quick-and-dirty" used in a sentence:
  • I did a quick-and-dirty calculation and it seems we can afford the trip.
  • The team came up with a quick-and-dirty prototype to test the concept.
  • He gave me a quick-and-dirty summary of the plan.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Quick-and-dirty" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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