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bad egg

noun
1.
a person who is bad, dishonest, or unreliable; a good-for-nothing:
a bad egg who had served several years in prison.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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Contemporary definitions for bad-egg
noun

a corrupt or evil person, cf. good egg

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bad egg

noun phrase

A villain, criminal, or other deplorable person; bad actor, baddie (1855+)


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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Idioms and Phrases with bad-egg

bad egg

An individual who turns out to be rotten, as in You can't trust him—he's simply a bad egg . Although egg had been used for various kinds of person (young, good, bad) since Shakespeare's day, this transfer of a seemingly wholesome food that, when opened, turns out to be rotten took place only in the mid-1800s. An early definition appeared in The Atheneum of 1864: “A bad egg ... a fellow who had not proved to be as good as his promise.” In contrast, the schoolyard saying Last one in is a rotten egg does not have any special significance other than as a way of urging others to join an activity, jump in the water, or the like. Also see good egg
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