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noun Informal.
  1. an annoying, disturbing, unwelcome thing or person; nuisance; troublemaker.
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British Dictionary definitions for bad news

bad news

  1. slang someone or something regarded as undesirablehe's bad news around here
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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. [Slang; 1920s]

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The amount charged for something, as in Waiter, bring our check—I want to see the bad news. [Slang; 1920s]

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