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bad man

noun, Older Use.
(sometimes initial capital letters) the devil.
the bogeyman.
Origin of bad man
1850-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the power of that bad man was strong upon her, and directly the humane thrill left her bosom.

    Norston's Rest Ann S. Stephens
  • It's all the drink, and things preying on his mind; he 's not a bad man really.

  • If hereafter you learn to know that Doctor Grim was a bad man, forgive him, and be a better one yourself.

    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Therefore the bad man or coward is as good as the brave or may be even better.

    Gorgias Plato
  • With a bad man in his place as Chief Factor, the old missionaries would have found life in Oregon well-nigh unbearable.

Slang definitions & phrases for bad man

bad man

noun phrase

A villain; a desperado: supposed to pick up a vehicle containing a suitcase full of cash this morning from a ''bad guy'' (mid-1800s+ Western)

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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