Definition of bad news 

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

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That may actually be bad news for investors, because central bankers aren’t about to come to their rescue. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "The Region That Keeps Disappointing Investors," 31 Dec. 2018 Taken together, the reports are bad news for President Donald Trump. Alex Ward, Vox, "4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference," 17 Dec. 2018 This latest security issue, happening less than six weeks before the U.S. midterm elections, is certainly bad news for the company. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Hackers may have accessed 50 million Facebook accounts in a new security breach," 28 Sep. 2018 The stronger dollar is bad news for foreign countries and companies that borrowed dollars. Matt Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Why Turkey’s financial crisis matters beyond its borders," 14 Aug. 2018 That's bad news for farm-belt states, primarily in the Midwest. David Pan, USA TODAY, "China's tariffs will hit farm states hard, spare service-heavy states," 10 July 2018 Anibal Sánchez was bad news for the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday afternoon. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Braves 5, Brewers 1: Offense has no answer for Anibal Sánchez," 7 July 2018 That could be bad news for Jay, who gave the lineup a lift after he was acquired in an early June trade with the Kansas City Royals. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Steven Souza’s return will make for crowded Diamondbacks outfield," 4 July 2018 That is bad news for a country where the share of women in the workforce has shrunk to around 24 percent in the fiscal year ended 2016 from 36 percent a decade earlier. Anirban Nag,, "Maternity Perks May Cost 1.8 Million Indian Women Their Jobs," 27 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

: a bad, unpleasant, or dangerous person or thing

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