bad news

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of bad news

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

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First Known Use of bad news

1917

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


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