bad seed

noun
Updated on: 30 Mar 2018

Definition of bad seed

chiefly US
: a person who is dishonest, evil, or unprincipled by nature : an innately bad person
  • "Dad wants my brother to come back and live with us again, but Lonna says no way, José, he's a bad seed. … "
  • —Carl Hiaasen

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1952

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