see under run of luck
Allen himself was the victim of bad luck as commander in Afghanistan.
Shortlist Forms to Replace Gen. John Allen as NATO Chief Nominee Eli Lake February 14, 2013
It was their bad luck that the waiting period coincided with the hottest July on record.
It’s a Boy! Kate Middleton Gives Birth to a Future King Tom Sykes July 21, 2013
With some bad luck, it could happen to Greece and Spain over the next year.
Republicans Who Threaten to Have U.S. Default on Debt Are Nihilists Robert Shapiro January 8, 2013
Later, Silajdzic told me that it was just bad luck that Milosevic showed up without warning and saw the charts.
Richard Holbrooke on the Dayton Peace Accords Richard Holbrooke December 14, 2010
All are known to drop the ball on occasion, and/or endure some bad luck.
Think American Airlines Is Rotten? You Have No Idea How Good You Have It Patrick Smith October 10, 2012
Superstitious people say that the bad luck will be visited on the head of the one who wishes it.
Grace Harlowe’s First Year at Overton College Jessie Graham Flower
Why, she had a serpent set with opals she wore as a brooch, and it brought her bad luck.
The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
Occasionally he bluffed, and got a small pot; but it was risky, as he was distinctly in a run of bad luck.
Prince Fortunatus William Black
And, indeed, you know I told you I should bring you bad luck.
Carmen Prosper Merimee
I have had bad luck at the mines, and was almost discouraged, when I learned that you were in San Francisco.
Ben’s Nugget Horatio, Jr. Alger
- Bad man
(sometimes initial capital letters) the devil. the bogeyman. Contemporary Examples Murdoch fits Clarendon’s description of Cromwell, updated by David Chandler to describe Napoleon, as “a great, bad man.” The Rupert I Know Conrad Black December 16, 2008 “You are a prophet and you are the bad man,” he says of his skin color. ‘Argo’ in […]
- Bad mouth
Slang. to speak critically and often disloyally of; disparage: Why do you bad-mouth your family so much? Historical Examples That what they call puttin’ bad mouth on them and she sho’ could do it. Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. Work Projects Administration I had […]
- Bad name
see: give a bad name Contemporary Examples No, you are going to ruin any chance you have and give us a bad name. The Resurrection of Kristen Stewart Marlow Stern October 10, 2014 By contrast, George W. Bush launched two disastrous wars, and in so doing gave GOP bluster a bad name. Romney Response to […]
- Bad news
an annoying, disturbing, unwelcome thing or person; nuisance; troublemaker. Contemporary Examples This month, the number was 49.6 percent—bad news, and below 50 yet again. Slowdown: What’s Wrong With the Real Economy? Alex Klein September 3, 2012 It was clear enough to every American that Hitler and Tojo were bad news, and that was that. Is […]