Definition of bad news

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

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Or, rather, her younger sister (Lu Hong), who accompanies Nai Nai to her medical appointment, hears the bad news and decides to tell everyone in the family except Nai Nai, who may have only a few months to live. New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Farewell,’ a Sham Wedding Is Really a Premature Funeral," 11 July 2019 Lately, bad news on the economy has actually ended up being good news for the stock market. CBS News, "The corporate profits gravy train is derailing," 11 July 2019 Even worse news for his campaign, the CNN poll shows his support among African American voters is near 0 percent in the aftermath of the June 16 South Bend police shooting, when a white officer shot a black man. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Donors love Pete Buttigieg. Voters aren't sure.," 9 July 2019 Or take on the good news/bad news of Washington’s Bradley Beal and John Wall? Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Could blockbuster NBA trade pave way for Russell Westbrook to Heat? | Commentary," 6 July 2019 Kline says these people are bad news, but Hopper isn’t finished. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 The bad news — that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs had died , cause pending an autopsy — hit the A’s group text chat that afternoon. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A’s were last team to face Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs before his death," 2 July 2019 Sorry to be the one to have to bring this bad news to you, Broncos fans. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos will go 2-14 this year, according to NFL Network’s Adam Rank," 25 June 2019 The worst news confirmed by RetroRGB at this time is the MegaSD's inability to function when connected to a Sega 32X adapter, due to how the Genesis manages both of its cartridge slots. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "28 years later, a no-disc version of the Sega CD finally exists—and it works," 20 June 2019

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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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