Definition of bad news

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

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Here's the bad news first: There's a good chance that fans will have to wait until at least May for NBC to formally announce whether the show will be definitely returning or not. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Getting Super Nervous That the Show May Not Be Renewed for Season 4," 5 Mar. 2019 The bad news is that there is more infection to catch. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 2019 Not to keep loading on the bad news here, but next week's episode is going to be one of the final five of the season. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Floored Over the Show's Announcement About the Next Episode," 26 Feb. 2019 There’s a lot of baseless fearmongering about chemicals in consumer products now, and certainly there are lawyers who will try to capitalize on this latest bad news for Johnson & Johnson. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018 There is a deluge of bad news for Republicans in the latest Fox News poll. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Moral anchors aweigh on Kavanaugh, Rosenstein," 24 Sep. 2018 Chinese stocks have just clocked their best first two months of the year since the global financial crisis, and have outpaced the rest of the world, despite a cloud of bad news about the country’s economy and the region’s political stability. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Why Chinese Shares Rebounded: News That’s Less Bad Than Expected," 3 Mar. 2019 But less than a week before they were set to fly, Oleg called from his then post in Baghdad with bad news. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Influencer Diipa Khosla Wore 9 Different Looks for Her 4-Day Indian Wedding," 8 Feb. 2019 Now for the bad news: Elsewhere, two measures passed that seriously restrict reproductive health access for women in their respective states. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What the Midterm Election Results Actually Mean for Abortion Access," 7 Nov. 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

informal : a bad, unpleasant, or dangerous person or thing

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