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break bad

verb phrase

To become hostile and menacing: I don't want to make eye contact with this sucker because he may break bad on me (1970s+ Black)

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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  • And her real thought when she asked him if he had come to break bad news was that something had happened to Temple.

  • It's something fierce when it begins to break bad, ain't it?

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist John T. McIntyre
  • I am but a poor diplomat to break bad news, as they call it, to any one, so I blurt out the truth at once.

  • Oh, Arthur, are you only trying to break bad news to me by littles?

    Bylow Hill George Washington Cable
  • But Rennie's effort to break bad news gently was too obvious.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • Mr. Smith answered me in the tone and with the manner of one who is seeking to break bad news gradually and gently to another.

    The House Eugene Field
  • He imagined that Jane Brown would not think writing home on hospital stationery a good way to break bad news.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • For a terrible moment, she feared that the Squire might be about to break bad news of Alfred.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Between man and man, he was no believer in striving to break bad news gently.

    The Carleton Case Ellery H. Clark

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