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  • 1Cheerfully casual in a careless or irresponsible way: he possessed slap-happy courage
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    • One year after being slapped down by Bush's re-election, why are Hollywood liberals being so slap-happy now?
    • Contrary to what my slap-happy friend might expect, Laura Doyle doesn't look like a monster - or a doormat.
    • What's more, as individuals we tend to be very slap-happy about who's in and who's out of our own particular family.
  • 1.1(Of an action or operation) unmethodical; poorly thought out: slap-happy surveying methods
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    • We believe there will be a downward spiral with this Government's policy, because it is a slap-happy, haphazard policy that is trying to bring in 45,000-plus people.
    • Mr Tyler said: ‘Many Gulf veterans who have developed serious illnesses since have given us evidence of administration of vaccines which was at best slap-happy and at worst irresponsible.’
    • With a slap-happy attitude to hygiene, and a proclivity towards being ‘influenced’ by others, the sign is traditionally associated with scabies, lice and skin infections caused by contamination.
  • 2chiefly North American Dazed or stupefied by or as if by a series of blows to the head; punch-drunk: she’s a bit slap-happy after such a narrow escape
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    • I could feel this slap-happy punch-drunk idiot grin appear on my face, widening exponentially.
    • We're exhausted - and more than a little slap-happy.
    • For several minutes, in my slap-happy, sleep-deprived state, I responded with lots of laughter and giggles.

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