(sometimes initial capital letters) the devil.
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 the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis Nina Strochlic November 22, 2014
Adrian, as we all might have guessed, turns out to be a bad, bad man.
The First Great Internet Novel Lauren Elkin July 12, 2013
It’s about the emotional reality of a good man becoming a bad man, and the reality of how his descent affects everyone around him.
‘Breaking Bad’s’ Latest Episode, “Confessions,” Epitomizes the Show’s Highs and Lows Andrew Romano August 25, 2013
It was sad to see a good woman who loved a bad man, and is so much the worse for it.
Marianne Gingrich Interview Casts Doubts on Newt’s New Image Margaret Carlson January 19, 2012
But the power of that bad man was strong upon her, and directly the humane thrill left her bosom.
Norston’s Rest Ann S. Stephens
It’s all the drink, and things preying on his mind; he ‘s not a bad man really.
The Silver Box (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
If hereafter you learn to know that Doctor Grim was a bad man, forgive him, and be a better one yourself.
Doctor Grimshawe’s Secret Nathaniel Hawthorne
Therefore the bad man or coward is as good as the brave or may be even better.
With a bad man in his place as Chief Factor, the old missionaries would have found life in Oregon well-nigh unbearable.
How Marcus Whitman Saved Oregon Oliver W. Nixon
A villain; a desperado: supposed to pick up a vehicle containing a suitcase full of cash this morning from a ”bad guy” (mid-1800s+ Western)
- 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 […]
- Bad news travels fast
bad news travels fast People are quick to discuss the misfortunes of others. Historical Examples bad news travels fast, and to the German people, who had been kept in ignorance of reverses, the news came with stunning effect. The Sequel George A. Taylor “bad news travels fast,” said Ballard, drawing a chair to the bedside. […]