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Synonyms for off-hand

without preparation


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let us try another sheet of paper, and finish our dispatch off-hand.
And he had written to Percival (who answered him in a really impudent fashion), and he had reflected that it was somehow, raw and reckless in Newman to assume in that off-hand manner that the young woman in Paris might be "grand.
Perfect, he, as a lover, might have called them off-hand.
I can't tell you the actual figures off-hand, but you'll be all right.
Shirking and sharking in all their many varieties have been sown broadcast by the ill-fated cause; and even those who have contemplated its history from the outermost circle of such evil have been insensibly tempted into a loose way of letting bad things alone to take their own bad course, and a loose belief that if the world go wrong it was in some off-hand manner never meant to go right.
And there he seriously repeated the proposal he had made me off-hand in the road.
It is a good tune--you can't improve it any, just off-hand, in this way.
He talked to Philip in a pleasant, off-hand fashion.
Fouquet, and arresting him off-hand and shutting him up altogether, I will try and conduct myself like a man who understands what good manners are.
If you think I've been too off-hand with the thing, or hurt its feelin's in any way, I'll apologize.
Van Horn nodded in an off-hand way, as if the information were of little value, although he knew that for this time Su'u would furnish him no fresh recruits.
I could have struck the man across the face, so hot was I at this callous and off-hand reference to so delicate a matter.
There is your fan, my dear," she said, in her easy off-hand manner.
I am charmed to see you, Godfrey," she said, addressing him, I grieve to add, in the off-hand manner of one young man talking to another.
This Gowan had plenty to say for himself, and said it in an off-hand and amusing manner.