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 for Fast and loose
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Loose \Loose\ (l[=oo]s), a. [Compar. Looser (l[=oo]s"[~e]r);
     superl. Loosest.] [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin
     to OD. loos, D. los, AS. le['a]s false, deceitful, G. los,
     loose, Dan. & Sw. l["o]s, Goth. laus, and E. lose. [root]127.
     See Lose, and cf. Leasing falsehood.]
     1. Unbound; untied; unsewed; not attached, fastened, fixed,
        or confined; as, the loose sheets of a book.
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              Her hair, nor loose, nor tied in formal plat.
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     2. Free from constraint or obligation; not bound by duty,
        habit, etc.; -- with from or of.
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              Now I stand
              Loose of my vow; but who knows Cato's thoughts ?
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     3. Not tight or close; as, a loose garment.
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     4. Not dense, close, compact, or crowded; as, a cloth of
        loose texture.
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              With horse and chariots ranked in loose array.
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     5. Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate; as, a loose
        style, or way of reasoning.
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              The comparison employed . . . must be considered
              rather as a loose analogy than as an exact
              scientific explanation.               --Whewel.
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     6. Not strict in matters of morality; not rigid according to
        some standard of right.
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              The loose morality which he had learned. --Sir W.
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     7. Unconnected; rambling.
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              Vario spends whole mornings in running over loose
              and unconnected pages.                --I. Watts.
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     8. Lax; not costive; having lax bowels. --Locke.
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     9. Dissolute; unchaste; as, a loose man or woman.
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              Loose ladies in delight.              --Spenser.
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     10. Containing or consisting of obscene or unchaste language;
         as, a loose epistle. --Dryden.
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     At loose ends, not in order; in confusion; carelessly
     Fast and loose. See under Fast.
     To break loose. See under Break.
     Loose pulley. (Mach.) See Fast and loose pulleys, under
     To let loose, to free from restraint or confinement; to set
        at liberty.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fast \Fast\, a. [Compar. Faster; superl. Fastest.] [OE.,
     firm, strong, not loose, AS. f[ae]st; akin to OS. fast, D.
     vast, OHG. fasti, festi, G. fest, Icel. fastr, Sw. & Dan.
     fast, and perh. to E. fetter. The sense swift comes from the
     idea of keeping close to what is pursued; a Scandinavian use.
     Cf. Fast, adv., Fast, v., Avast.]
     1. Firmly fixed; closely adhering; made firm; not loose,
        unstable, or easily moved; immovable; as, to make fast the
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              There is an order that keeps things fast. --Burke.
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     2. Firm against attack; fortified by nature or art;
        impregnable; strong.
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              Outlaws . . . lurking in woods and fast places.
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     3. Firm in adherence; steadfast; not easily separated or
        alienated; faithful; as, a fast friend.
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     4. Permanent; not liable to fade by exposure to air or by
        washing; durable; lasting; as, fast colors.
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     5. Tenacious; retentive. [Obs.]
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              Roses, damask and red, are fast flowers of their
              smells.                               --Bacon.
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     6. Not easily disturbed or broken; deep; sound.
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              All this while in a most fast sleep.  --Shak.
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     7. Moving rapidly; quick in mition; rapid; swift; as, a fast
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     8. Given to pleasure seeking; disregardful of restraint;
        reckless; wild; dissipated; dissolute; as, a fast man; a
        fast liver. --Thackeray.
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     9. In such a condition, as to resilience, etc., as to make
        possible unusual rapidity of play or action; as, a fast
        racket, or tennis court; a fast track; a fast billiard
        table, etc.
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     Fast and loose, now cohering, now disjoined; inconstant,
        esp. in the phrases to play at fast and loose, to play
        fast and loose, to act with giddy or reckless inconstancy
        or in a tricky manner; to say one thing and do another.
        "Play fast and loose with faith." --Shak.
     Fast and loose pulleys (Mach.), two pulleys placed side by
        side on a revolving shaft, which is driven from another
        shaft by a band, and arranged to disengage and re["e]ngage
        the machinery driven thereby. When the machinery is to be
        stopped, the band is transferred from the pulley fixed to
        the shaft to the pulley which revolves freely upon it, and
        vice versa.
     Hard and fast (Naut.), so completely aground as to be
     To make fast (Naut.), to make secure; to fasten firmly, as
        a vessel, a rope, or a door.
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  71 Moby Thesaurus words for "fast and loose":
     adrift, afloat, alternating, amorphous, capricious, changeable,
     changeful, desultory, deviable, dizzy, eccentric, erratic, fickle,
     fitful, flickering, flighty, flitting, fluctuating, freakish,
     giddy, impetuous, impulsive, inconsistent, inconstant, indecisive,
     infirm, irregular, irresolute, irresponsible, mazy, mercurial,
     moody, rambling, restless, roving, scatterbrained, shapeless,
     shifting, shifty, shuffling, spasmodic, spineless, unaccountable,
     uncertain, uncontrolled, undependable, undisciplined, unfixed,
     unpredictable, unreliable, unrestrained, unsettled, unstable,
     unstable as water, unstaid, unsteadfast, unsteady, vacillating,
     vagrant, variable, vicissitudinary, vicissitudinous, volatile,
     wandering, wanton, wavering, wavery, wavy, wayward, whimsical,

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