- an annoying, disturbing, unwelcome thing or person; nuisance; troublemaker.
- slang someone or something regarded as undesirablehe's bad news around here
Idioms and Phrases with 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. [Slang; 1920s]
The amount charged for something, as in Waiter, bring our check—I want to see the bad news. [Slang; 1920s]