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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Should you call it bad news to be told that you were to live at Stone Court, and manage the farm, and be remarkably prudent, and save money every year till all the stock and furniture were your own, and you were a distinguished agricultural character, as Mr.
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.
On the date I have just mentioned -- I mean the fifteenth of the month -- my master himself informed me that he had been dreadfully disappointed by a letter received from you, which had come in the morning from foreign parts, and had brought him bad news.
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.
I am afraid I bring you bad news, sir," he said, and pointed to one of the letters, which had a mourning border round it, and the address on which was in the handwriting of Mr.
The Moscovites felt that something was wrong and that to discuss the bad news was difficult, and so it was best to be silent.