feel-bad

[ feel-bad ]
/ ˈfilˈbæd /

adjective Informal.

intended to make one feel unhappy, depressed, or dissatisfied, often to arouse one’s conscience or understanding: a feel-bad documentary about Nagasaki;feel-bad financial reports.

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Origin of feel-bad

First recorded in 1980–85; feel + bad1 on the model of feel-good
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Idioms and Phrases with feel-bad

feel bad

Also, feel bad about. Experience regret, sadness, embarrassment, or a similar unpleasant emotion. For example, I feel bad about not attending the funeral, or The teacher's scolding made Bobby feel bad. [First half of 1800s]

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