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: failing to reach an acceptable standard : poor
a bad repair job
make a bad impression
: not fresh : spoiled
: not sound : dilapidated
the house was in bad condition
: morally objectionable : evil
: mischievous, disobedient
a bad dog
: inadequate or unsuited to a purpose
a bad plan
: an evil or unhappy state
Things went from bad to worse.
Adjective The house is in bad condition. a letter written in bad French He had a bad day at the office. I was having a bad dream. She made a very bad impression on her future colleagues. We've been having bad weather lately. The medicine left a bad taste in his mouth. It's a bad time for business right now. Things are looking pretty bad for us at this point. I have a bad feeling about this. Noun There's more good than bad in him. We need to teach our children the difference between good and bad. teaching children the difference between the good and the bad He believes that the good go to heaven when they die and the bad go to hell. Adverb He hasn't succeeded because he doesn't want it bad enough. you didn't do too bad on the treadmill test See More
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AdjectiveUnexpected French Nail Tips That Totally Reinvent the Classic Look Get more nail inspiration watching these nail experts turn their talons into beautiful butterflies: Our bad! —Tori Crowther, Allure, 15 Mar. 2023 There was no way of answering the question — are CFCs bad for the health of the planet? —Steven Johnson, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2023 Photograph: Matthieu Rondel/Bloomberg/Getty Images The drought in parts of France is so bad right now that some authorities have banned new home-building projects—for the next four years. —WIRED, 14 Mar. 2023 The flooding was so bad, workers had to sweep mountains of water off of the carpet throughout the evening. —Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2023 In parts of Kern County – where several evacuation orders remain – the flooding was so bad that one resident described seeing a shed, a hot tub, and several full-size trees with their root balls floating down the Kern River in Kernville. —Nouran Salahieh, CNN, 13 Mar. 2023 In 2022, however, injuries limited Lowe to 65 games, and Wade was just plain bad while hitting .207. —Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 13 Mar. 2023 This is not just because of the impact that the project will have, though certainly that is bad enough. —Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2023 Authorities also lack manpower, equipment and training -- things are so bad that authorities aren't even able to identify tens of thousands of bodies that have been found. —Compiled By Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 12 Mar. 2023
NounSo what was the rationale behind introducing our new big bad in the exact opposite way? —Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2023 In addition to setting up the Multiverse Saga, the film also includes the introduction of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), who serves as the new big bad for the MCU. —Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2023 The first to face this new big bad of the MCU’s Phases 5 and 6 will be the multigenerational Lang-Van Dyne-Pym clan, who can also collectively be called Ant-Mans and the Wasps. —Tracy Brownstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2023 Jonathan Majors is playing Marvel's new big bad, Kang the Conqueror, in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and beyond. —Brendan Morrow, The Week, 15 Feb. 2023 He was played by John Lithgow as the big bad of season four. —Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2023 While others baked sourdough, Criminal Minds: Evolution's new big bad built a network of serial killers during the pandemic. —Jessica Wang, EW.com, 25 Nov. 2022 Quantumania stars Evangeline Lilly as Hope, Kathryn Newton as Cassie, and Jonathan Majors as Kang, the MCU's new big bad who was introduced last year in Loki. —Clark Collis, EW.com, 24 Oct. 2022 Emma Caulfield will reprise her role as Dottie, the neighbor to Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda that some audiences theorized would be the big bad of WandaVision. —Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Oct. 2022
AdverbWho wants frustrated and stressed-out workers bad-mouthing the company to their peers, right? —Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2023 Ignoring one of them can lead you to bad-looking maps no one would prefer. —J. Richard Gott, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2021 The researchers think that by expelling their bad-tasting innards when fish are nibbling nearby, sea squirts may drive the fish away. —Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 26 June 2015 However, employees can’t be completely reckless on social media, making untrue or maliciously disparaging statements, or bad-mouthing their employer with broad-stroke commentary. —Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2022 After an online Twitter feud where CZ accused SBF of allegedly bad-mouthing him to regulators, the Binance CEO announced on Sunday the company would be dumping all of its holdings of FTT, a token used by FTX customers. —Tristan Bove, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2022 Also, if exposed to too much heat, humidity, or other elements, the gummies can go bad faster than the expiration date. —Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 Kids get a lot of their confidence and sense of self-worth from their families — thus the emphasis on parents’ not bad-mouthing each other. —Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2022 And so all those businesses on the way into Yosemite on the south are hurting pretty bad. —Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 18 July 2022 See More
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