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bad guy

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  1. Someone or something that is bad, esp a movie, television, or sports villain
  2. A criminal or other habitually reprehensible person; bad man (1930s+ Motion pictures)

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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