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 Fast Man (A)Fasti. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fast and Loose (To play).
 
To run with the hare and hold with the hounds; to blow both hot and cold; to say one thing and do another. The allusion is to a cheating game practised at fairs. A belt is folded, and the player is asked to prick it with a skewer, so as to pin it fast to the table; having so done, the adversary takes the two ends, and looses it or draws it away, showing that it has not been pierced at all.   1
       
“He forced his neck into a noose,
To show his play at fast and loose;
And when he chanced t’escape, mistook,
For art and subtlety, his luck.”
       
Butler: Hudibras, iii. 2.
 


 Fast Man (A)Fasti. 

 
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