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bad seed

(US & Canadian, Austral, informal) a person who is seen as being congenitally disposed to wrongdoing and likely to be a bad influence on others
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  • But the bad seed was sown, and in time we reaped the bitter fruits.

    The Monctons Susanna Moodie
  • Those who preach, or teach, sow good or bad seed, which takes root in the mind or heart.

  • Treachery breeds treachery, duplicity is a bad seed to sow for loyalty, and the Manx people were divided in their allegiance.

  • Sin spreads misery around it only when there is ground ready for the bad seed.

    Cobwebs and Cables Hesba Stretton

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