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deadbeat dad

[ ded-beet dad ]
/ ˈdɛd bit ˈdæd /
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noun Informal.

a father who neglects his responsibilities as a parent, especially one who does not pay child support: The deadbeat dad was forced to pay a lump sum of over $10,000 to settle the case.

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Origin of deadbeat dad

First recorded in 1975–80
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