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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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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a servile follower or underling

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