bad news

bad news

noun Informal.
an annoying, disturbing, unwelcome thing or person; nuisance; troublemaker. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
bad news
slang someone or something regarded as undesirable: he's bad news around here

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Slang Dictionary

bad news definition

  1. n.
    the bill for something. : Here comes the bad news.
  2. mod.
    unpleasant; unfortunate; repellent. : That poor guy is really bad news.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

bad news

  1. An unwelcome thing or person, trouble. For example, That fire was bad news; we were underinsured for the damage, or No one wants Mary on the boardshe's bad news. This term transfers literal bad newsthe report of an unhappy recent eventto an unwanted or undesirable individual or circumstance. [Slang; 1920s]

  2. The amount charged for something, as in Waiter, bring our checkI want to see the bad news. [Slang; 1920s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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