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bad actor

noun
1.
a mean, ill-tempered, troublemaking, or evil person.
2.
a vicious animal.
3.
an inveterate criminal.
Origin of bad actor
1940-1945
1940-45
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  • But I make a bad actor, and artistic effects can go to the devil for all I care.

    The Romantic Lady Michael Arlen
  • "I'm afraid the Chestnut's a bad actor," Dixon said to Allis, after the race.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • A bad actor means a man whose actions are bad or morally reprehensible.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • If I am a bad actor I take the results of it without plaint.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • But I guess he'd be what Sam calls a 'bad actor' in a fight.

    The Major Ralph Connor
  • Andrew was a bad actor and she was not misled by his clumsy indifference.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • I can give a good imitation of a bad actor but, doubtless, I should give a very bad imitation of a good one.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • The other reasons are that he's suspected of being a bad actor.

    The Garden of Eden Max Brand
Slang definitions & phrases for bad actor

bad actor

noun phrase

  1. A malicious or deceitful person
  2. A habitual criminal
  3. A vicious animal (1900+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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