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”]
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
- Bad seed
noun (US & Canadian, Austral, informal) a person who is seen as being congenitally disposed to wrongdoing and likely to be a bad influence on others Contemporary Examples We then spent a few minutes talking about wine categories that have been killed by one bad seed. The Secrets of Matchmaking Katie Workman August 10, 2009 […]
- Bad shit
bad shit noun phrase Something menacing and nasty: A lot of bad shit goes down at the track, man (1950s+) Bad luck: Breaking my leg was just bad shit (1950s+) A toxic or contaminated narcotic: But it’s bad shit, or too strong (1960s+)
- Bad sort, a
An unpleasant, mean person, as in We cautioned Bill about his friend, who was clearly a bad sort. The antonym is a good sort, a pleasant, kind person, as in She’s a good sort, always helping her neighbors. The latter is stronger than not a bad sort, as in He seems ill-tempered now and then, […]
- Bad trip
a mentally or physically horrifying drug-taking experience, as one accompanied by nightmarish hallucinations or by physical pain. a dismayingly unpleasant experience: He was so ill-prepared that college was a bad trip for him. noun phrase A frightening or depressing drug experience, esp a nightmarish time with LSD (1960s+ Narcotics) Any unpleasant occasion or experience; bummer, […]