Bad scene

bad scene

noun phrase

Something unpleasant, esp a displeasing and depressing experience or situation

[1950s+ and popularized by the 1960s counterculture; fr the jazz sense of scene, ”center of activity for musicians”]
Historical Examples

There had been a bad scene up in the bedroom overnight, after John Crumb had left the farm.
The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope

He was an actor in a bad scene, mingling with impossible characters in an improbable setting.
The Stars, My Brothers Edmond Hamilton


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