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noun

a hostile or dangerous person.

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Origin of ugly customer

First recorded in 1805–15

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ugly customer

An ill-natured or vicious individual, as in Watch out for Charlie when he's drinking; he can be an ugly customer. This phrase uses ugly in the sense of “mean” or “dangerous.” [c. 1800]

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