deadbeat dad


: a father who owes money to his former wife to help raise their children but does not pay it

Examples of deadbeat dad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The absence of parental units—Bear’s deadbeat dad, Elora’s mom and grandmother—gave occasion to their personal ambitions. Jason Parham, WIRED, 31 Aug. 2023

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“Deadbeat dad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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