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How to use deadbeat in a sentence
It was during her work presenting debt research to Congress that she overheard a man in a Senate office ranting about “deadbeats” who had babies with multiple women and then avoided child support.
Websites solicit lurid, unverified complaints about supposed cheaters, sexual predators, deadbeats and scammers.Google Ads API, Partner badges, and reputation algorithms; Friday’s daily brief|Carolyn Lyden|June 11, 2021|Search Engine Land
The claims have led one tabloid to brand Jenner a “deadbeat daughter.”Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents?|Keli Goff|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No, they say, instead of their intoxicated deadbeat boyfriend, they want someone…someone like Putin.
Anyway the phrase "deadbeat nation" is going to have a lot more resonance coming out of Obama's mouth than in Rubio's letter.
It caught a lot of people's ears just now when Obama said, "We are not a deadbeat nation."
When marriages fail, the deadbeat dad is the norm in American society, not the exception.
Then he makes off with another deadbeat, and starts a kind of show outside the town—this was in Port Arthur, mind.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
The bartender, accepting the situation as generally inclusive, put his hands up along with his deadbeat patrons.Trail's End|George W. Ogden
The sparrow was deadbeat, and was travelling slowly to the north and west on a zigzag course, about two hundred feet high.H.M.S. ----|Klaxon
I knew you looked a deadbeat, but Id no idea I was quite so bad, he said.The Protector|Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for deadbeat (1 of 2)
- a person who makes a habit of avoiding or evading his or her responsibilities or debts
- (as modifier)a deadbeat dad
- (of a system) returning to an equilibrium position with little or no oscillation
- (of an instrument or indicator) indicating a true reading without oscillation
British Dictionary definitions for deadbeat (2 of 2)
Other Idioms and Phrases with deadbeat
Defeated; also exhausted. For example, That horse was dead beat before the race even began, or, as Charles Dickens put it in Martin Chuzzlewit (1843): “Pull off my boots for me ... I am quite knocked up. Dead beat.” [Slang; first half of 1800s]
Also, deadbeat. A lazy person or loafer; also, one who does not pay debts. For example, Her housemate knew she was a deadbeat, shirking her share of the chores, or He's a deadbeat; don't count on getting that money back. [Slang; second half of 1800s]