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bad man

noun, Older Use.
(sometimes initial capital letters) the devil.
the bogeyman.
Origin of bad man
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It's all the drink, and things preying on his mind; he 's not a bad man really.

  • I dare say that he will kill him if he has a mind—the bad man will kill the good and true.

    Gorgias Plato
  • Therefore the bad man or coward is as good as the brave or may be even better.

    Gorgias Plato
  • The story of a "bad man's" soul revealed by a woman's faith.

  • Now, 250 Ian, a weak, good man is a dangerous type of a bad man.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
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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