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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. 2017.
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  • Madame has had bad news, said Monmouth and looked at her anxiously.

  • Cecil is all right, and you can have had no bad news from Floyd.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • “Mr. Pratt brings us bad news,” the Marquis intervened suavely.

    Jacob's Ladder E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I know you have bad news, but don't tell me now, not until we get home.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • This movement had been, moreover, determined by the bad news arriving from other parts of Paris.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
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.
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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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