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bad news

noun, Informal.
an annoying, disturbing, unwelcome thing or person; nuisance; troublemaker. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I am the bearer of bad news, gentlemen," he said, addressing them both.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • You didn't on the dock, you know, when you got the bad news.

    The Lightning Conductor Discovers America

    C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  • If it's bad news I don't want to hear it, and if it's good I can wait, I cal'late.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Why, she came to see us after the news came—the bad news—and she was so kind and so good.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Thus, discreetly, did the man of law break the bad news he bore.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for bad news

bad news

(slang) someone or something regarded as undesirable: he's bad news around here
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for bad news

bad news

noun phrase

  1. The bill for goods or services, esp a restaurant check; beef (1920s+)
  2. Any unfortunate or regrettable situation or event: That meeting was strictly bad news (1930s+)
  3. An ominous person; a menace: Their big new linebacker is bad news (1960s+)
  4. An unpleasant or depressing person, esp a persistently annoying one: Isn't she bad news since her old man left her?

[1970s+; all senses extended from the literal]

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 news

bad news

An unwelcome thing or person, trouble. For example, That fire was bad news; we were underinsured for the damage, or No one wants Mary on the board—she's bad news. This term transfers literal bad news—the report of an unhappy recent event—to an unwanted or undesirable individual or circumstance. [ ; 1920s ]
The amount charged for something, as in Waiter, bring our check—I want to see the bad news. [ ; 1920s ]
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