Also, not half bad; not so or too bad; not too shabby. Fairly good, as in Not bad, said the conductor, but we need to play the scherzo again, or The movie wasn't half bad, but Jerry wanted to go home, or Our garden's not too bad this year, or How are things going?—Not too shabby. All of the terms involving bad, which imply that something is less bad than it might be, date from the mid-1700s. The last variant, using shabby in the sense of “inferior,” is slang of the late 1900s.
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We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.
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Ass-kicking, bad guy-killing Carter is just a future spinster.
They all immediately dashed out to their car to catch the bad guys.
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The "bad form" of telling a lie to the head-master is a later illustration of the same thing.Children's Ways|James Sully
The men arrived in very bad condition, and many of them blinded with the salt water which had dashed into their eyes.
Their sin began on Holy Thursday, with so little secrecy and so bad an example, that the affair was beginning to leak out.
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
Conditions in the new country had gone from bad to worse, and if the season should experience another drought, the worst was come.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux