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  • s  with little or no preparation or forethought
    trying to sound offhanded and reassuring
  • s  casually thoughtless or inconsiderate
  • r  without previous thought or preparation
    she had made these remarks offhandedly
  • r  in a casually inconsiderate manner
    she threw him over offhandedly without even a Dear-John letter

  • Obama spokeswoman said the Senator apologized "for his careless and offhanded remark," and the two had "a warm conversation.
  • How characteristically Jefferson: an offhanded trope that sublimely captures the central tension of all foreign policy--that between morality and necessity, power and principle.
  • Good to see him back, even if it was fleeting (and the "he's been through enough" seemed like an offhanded way of explaining why he isn't returning to the Island.
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  • Don't Live Life Without Knowing M. Night Shyamalan Wrote She's All That
    M. Night Shyamalan wrote the screenplay for She's All That . Let me just repeat that wondrous revelation: M. Night Shyamalan once sat down, presumably in a chair, and wrote the script to the 1990s teen sex comedy She's All That . Let's try it in an offhanded way: M. Night Shyamalan, the mind behind the 1999 exercise in frivolity She's All That , wrote the script for that movie. Add it to the ...
    June 12, 2013 - Gawker

  • Ehud Olmert in USA Today
    This decision was not easy, it was not simple, and it was not taken in an offhanded way,Olmert said before the start of the Sunday Cabinet meeting.
  • Jimmy Kimmel in USA Today
    Obviously I didn't mean anything by it,Kimmel said Monday. "I have no idea what caused such an uproar. It really was just an offhanded, stupid joke that, if I was in Detroit I probably would have said the same joke about LA" "I was...
  • Bill Richardson in Reuters Canada
    In an offhanded way, a DPRK (North Korean) official mentioned that perhaps 30 additional days would be needed because of the current delayprompted by the blocked funds issue, Richardson said.

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