I wanted to explain to a seller on online auction to pack the item with care because it can be damaged in transit. I looked for the right expression to say that our postal workers sometimes don't care much about packages (at least here in Russia).

In my native language, which is Russian, we use expression like "ne tseremonitsya" (не церемониться). Which is "do not make a ceremony of smth".

The online dictionary gave me examples like:

  1. make no bones of...
  2. handle without gloves
  3. deal shortly
  4. pull no punches
  5. didn't mince matters with ...

Could you please assist me in finding a good expression?

2 Answers 2


You can tell the shipper the item must be carefully packed because you expect the package to undergo rough handling while in transit, or expect that it might be mishandled, mistreated, or thrown about.


Here are dozens upon dozens of synonyms for careless at babylon.com, but I have to say that unless OP specifically wants a slang/idiomatic usage, careless probably fits the bill.

The idiom I'd go for is ham-fisted - lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands.

  • That's a fine list of synonyms, except that many are synonymous with the uncommon "not interested" sense of careless, rather than its common "reckless" aspect. For example, pococurante is synonymous with aloof, apathetic, disinterested, indifferent, nonchalant but not with reckless. Jan 27, 2012 at 23:22
  • @jwpat7: I certainly didn't mean to suggest that all those "synonyms" would match OP's requirement - I really just wanted to get across the idea that there are a lot of (standard and slang) terms covering the general area. Plus glancing through them is a good way to drive home the point that the word careless itself covers a broad spectrum. Specifically for OP, there's the spread from having no regard for to handling roughly or clumsily, all of which probably apply to what he wants to convey. Jan 27, 2012 at 23:29

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