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Why should he try to maintain a fast-and-loose relation with Barbara?

He has been at his old game of fast-and-loose with me; but as I never trusted him, I am not deceived.

Fast-and-loose, a cheating game sometimes played at fairs by gipsies, and also called 'prick the garter'.

Three times during this fast-and-loose interval was the fly changed.

WORD ORIGIN

described as "a cheating game played with a stick and a belt or string, so arranged that a spectator would think he could make the latter fast by placing a stick through its intricate folds, whereas the operator could detach it at once." [James O. Halliwell, "Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words," 1847]. The figurative sense (1550s) is recorded earlier than the literal (1570s).

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