bad news


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bad news

pl.n. (used with a sing. verb) Slang
One that is unpleasant or undesirable: A troublemaker within a group is always bad news.

bad news

n
slang someone or something regarded as undesirable: he's bad news around here.

bad′ news′



n. Informal.
an annoying, disturbing, unwelcome person or thing; nuisance; troublemaker.
[1915–20]
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References in classic literature ?
Bad news; she brings bad news, muttered the old Manxman.
Just now," repeated the marquise, passing over her eyes a hand that might have been a model for the graceful contours of antiquity; "just now I was prepared to speak, my ideas were clear and bold, now I am quite confused, quite troubled; I fear I bring you bad news.
I guess already what that bad news is," cries Jones.
Miss Grey,' said she, one evening, a month before the all-important day, as I was perusing a long and extremely interesting letter of my sister's--which I had just glanced at in the morning to see that it contained no very bad news, and kept till now, unable before to find a quiet moment for reading it,--'Miss Grey, do put away that dull, stupid letter, and listen to me
I hope he has had no bad news," said Lady Middleton.
He did not, however, enter immediately, and Mrs Durbeyfield said that she would break the bad news to him herself, Tess keeping out of sight for the present.
Not yet," said he; "but I'm afraid the time has come when I must tell you some very bad news, little friend.
This was bad news for him, and he was thankful that they had not carried out their first plan and commenced their prospecting at Bekwando village.
The Moscovites felt that something was wrong and that to discuss the bad news was difficult, and so it was best to be silent.
He did not much mind about taking the bad news to Godfrey, for he had to offer him at the same time the resource of Marner's money; and if Godfrey kicked, as he always did, at the notion of making a fresh debt from which he himself got the smallest share of advantage, why, he wouldn't kick long: Dunstan felt sure he could worry Godfrey into anything.
resounded from all parts and was death to Mazarin's ears; and the cardinal's spies brought bad news from every direction, which greatly agitated the minister, but was calmly received by the queen.
I was not much easier in my mind, now that the trial of breaking my bad news to Alicia was over.