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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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  • One of the privileges of a "bad-man" is to see others step softly and speak humbly in his presence.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Say—after all, theres a lot of bunk about this bold, bad-man stuff.

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson
  • Billy was a bit abashed, but he stubbornly supported his contention that the stranger was a bad-man from Texas.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
  • Now the town gathered to see the notorious "bad-man" and his tamer.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
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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