Definition of bad news

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

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The ’80s are back, big time, designed as a decadent corrective to the constant stream of bad news that is 2018. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Fall 2018: The Women’s and Men’s Edition," 27 Aug. 2018 Cameras were rolling as her family dealt with the bad news, but not all was lost: After months of grueling treatment, Ami was declared cancer-free. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Inside 'Alaskan Bush People' Star Ami Brown's Scary Cancer Battle," 19 Aug. 2018 The Kavanaugh nomination may appear like bad news for Democrats. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Republicans, Democrats look to use Kavanaugh nomination as weapon in midterm fight," 21 July 2018 On Friday afternoon, a Fidelity representative from the company’s mail facility in Cincinnati called Dodek with more bad news: The envelope had been destroyed. Sean P. Murphy,, "For lack of a legible postmark, retirement fund takes a hit," 5 June 2018 That sounds like bad news for those who tend to sleep poorly the night before a big competition—which, frankly, is most of us. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "What Athletes Can Learn From the Latest Sleep Research," 23 May 2018 Of course, pipeline failures usually are bad news for investors. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Why Allergan Shareholders Love Bad News," 9 Mar. 2019 The really bad news is that there is no Jamie or Claire at all in this episode and they are missed. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 7," 17 Dec. 2018 That could also be the bad news for the Falcons, a team that appears to thrive against opponents that come in ranked higher. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are three storylines to follow at the state softball tournament this weekend," 6 June 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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