Definition of bad news 

: one that is troublesome, unwelcome, or dangerous stay away from him, he's bad news

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That’s bad news for those of you who care about things like reproductive rights and the environment. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Never Mind, the Handmaid’s Tale Wine Has Been Canceled," 11 July 2018 That’s really bad news for many reasons, including the fact that diabetes combined with obesity greatly increases the risk of heart disease. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Don't call 'baby fat' cute. Childhood obesity increases your kids' risk of chronic disease," 26 Apr. 2018 But there’s some bad news for individuals: The law eliminates or limits many tax breaks. Erin Arvedlund,, "Taxes in Philly? La Colombe's Todd Carmichael wants to pay more," 23 Apr. 2018 Chuck Lieberman, Bloomberg Prophet and Chief Investment Officer & Managing Partner Advisors Capital Management LLC, on more bad news for the MLP sector., "Irish Border Issue Is Increasingly Difficult to Solve: Harkin," 16 Mar. 2018 The bad news: After a couple of days in the 80s, we are headed into an even longer stretch of 90-degree days. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Cincinnati weather: Storms bring a brief respite from the heat," 5 July 2018 And, so, this thing, this SPIKES Protocol, was how doctors are trained to talk to people with giving them bad news. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Roman Mars, host of the 99% Invisible podcast, on Recode Media," 20 June 2018 The bad news: If you get hit by a storm, your policy won't pay until the amount of damage exceeds that deductible. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "Now is the time to evaluate your hurricane insurance. It isn't as simple as you think.," 18 June 2018 After her diagnosis and a genetic screen, Graff got more bad news. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Once quickly lethal and still humbling, multiple myeloma may be in a ‘golden age’ of treatment," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of bad news

1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bad news

: a bad, unpleasant, or dangerous person or thing

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