Meaning of hare-brained in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɛːbreɪnd/

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  • Rash; ill-judged.

    ‘a hare-brained scheme’
    • ‘We wish to register our protest at the ludicrous, hare-brained and outrageous scheme being put forward as improvements, supposedly to increase the flow of traffic through this area.’
    • ‘There's something mad-scientist / hare-brained baroque about it.’
    • ‘It's time these starry-eyed amateurs stopped their hare-brained meddling.’
    • ‘These hare-brained beliefs are hardly found only in the minds of the British upper-class.’
    • ‘That's when panic struck me; I didn't actually expect her to support my hare-brained idea!’
    • ‘Other hare-brained schemes were hatched, half-implemented and then went nowhere.’
    • ‘The numerous hare-brained schemes, such as ‘Capital of Culture’ status, costing millions of ratepayers' hard-earned cash, should be abandoned.’
    • ‘But thanks to modern mobile technology, what was once only a hare-brained idea has now become a startling reality.’
    • ‘The decision as to whether this hare-brained scheme goes ahead is currently with the First Minister but the council is behaving as if it is a foregone conclusion.’
    • ‘They come up with hare-brained schemes that cause so many problems they take more time to fix than to create.’
    ill-judged, rash, foolish, foolhardy, reckless, madcap, wild, silly, stupid, ridiculous, preposterous, absurd, idiotic, asinine, imprudent, impracticable, unworkable, unrealistic, unconsidered, half-baked, ill-thought-out, ill-advised, ill-conceived
    foolish, silly, idiotic, unintelligent, empty-headed, scatterbrained, feather-brained, birdbrained, pea-brained, brainless, giddy
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