bad man


noun Older Use.

(sometimes initial capital letters) the devil.
the bogeyman.

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Origin of bad man

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Example sentences from the Web for bad man

  • Now the town gathered to see the notorious "bad-man" and his tamer.

    Oh, You Tex!|William Macleod Raine
  • Billy was a bit abashed, but he stubbornly supported his contention that the stranger was a bad-man from Texas.

    Tharon of Lost Valley|Vingie E. Roe
  • Say—after all, theres a lot of bunk about this bold, bad-man stuff.

    The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
  • One of the privileges of a "bad-man" is to see others step softly and speak humbly in his presence.

    Oh, You Tex!|William Macleod Raine