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deadbeat

[n. ded-beet; adj. ded-beet] /n. ˈdɛdˌbit; adj. ˈdɛdˈbit/
noun
1.
a person who deliberately avoids paying debts.
2.
a loafer; sponger.
adjective
3.
being a parent who neglects parental responsibilities, especially one who does not pay child support:
deadbeat dads.
4.
Horology. noting any of various escapements acting without recoil of the locking parts from the shock of contact.
5.
Electricity. (of the indicator of an electric meter and the like) coming to a stop with little or no oscillation.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; dead + beat
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British Dictionary definitions for dead-beat

deadbeat

/ˈdɛdˌbiːt/
noun
1.
(informal) a lazy or socially undesirable person
2.
(mainly US)
  1. a person who makes a habit of avoiding or evading his or her responsibilities or debts
  2. (as modifier) a deadbeat dad
3.
a high grade escapement used in pendulum clocks
4.
(modifier) (of a clock escapement) having a beat without any recoil
5.
(modifier) (physics)
  1. (of a system) returning to an equilibrium position with little or no oscillation
  2. (of an instrument or indicator) indicating a true reading without oscillation
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Word Origin and History for dead-beat
deadbeat
"worthless sponging idler," 1877, Amer.Eng. slang, from dead + beat; earlier used colloquially to mean "completely beaten" (1821).
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Slang definitions & phrases for dead-beat

deadbeat

noun

A person who habitually begs or gets money from others, does not pay his or her debts, etc; moocher, schnorrer: a chance to demand immediate payment if the clerk looks like a deadbeat

verb

To sponge, loaf, etc: Living off interest is not exactly deadbeating

[1863+; fr dead, ''complete, completely'' and beat, ''sponger'']


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