bad seed


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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Recent Examples on the Web The bad seeds at Alphabet, Google’s parent company, are more elusive. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Will Bitcoin Save Us From Google?," 15 July 2018 Goode warned me before the session that this workshop is a sacred space, where young people don’t have to feel like bad seeds or criminals, or be treated like a spectacle. Tyrone Beason, The Seattle Times, "As King County looks to end youth detention, Choose 180 offers a path of ‘restorative justice’," 12 Apr. 2019 Still, some egg donation agencies caution that a few bad seeds have ruined it for everyone, and that many donors do have a positive experience. Andrea Stanley, Redbook, "The Scary Truth About Donating Your Eggs," 19 Oct. 2017 Just for seeming like a bad seed, you could suddenly be stopped, arrested, and jailed by a police officer. Lucy Nicholson, Marie Claire, "The Number of Women in Jail Is Up 1,260%—What Are They Doing Wrong?," 17 Aug. 2016 Loyola has the worst seed in the region but not by much. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Ties that bind: Loyola teammates from Overland Park shine in NCAA Tournament | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 Notable The Aztecs are now 0-9 as the worse seed in the NCAA Tournament. Mark Zeigler,, "The last-second play that nearly won it for San Diego State," 15 Mar. 2018 This period’s mothers intrigued, but so did their daughters, no longer the bad seeds or ciphers used to prop up an older actress’ star turn. Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mothers, daughters and Oscar: A love story — especially this year," 22 Dec. 2017

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Bad seed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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