a strong feeling of disgust or upset following an experience
The incident with her left a bad taste in my mouth.
used with “in (someone’s) mouth”
Our obsession with the suits, the ties, the schools, the wives and the debates now leaves a bad taste.
‘No One Has Won’ Venetia Thompson May 6, 2010
As reported by LDSliving.com, Sue Perdue says, “It would be like dressing up as a Muslim—I think it would be in bad taste.”
MormonsSecret.com Uses Mitt and Ann Romney’s Faces To Sell Magical Mormon Underwear Jeesoo Park October 17, 2012
That was some heavy stuff (although the decision to allow players to skip that latter scene still leaves a bad taste in my mouth).
‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Review: The Juggernaut Franchise Might Be Drying Up Alec Kubas-Meyer November 11, 2013
The moment requires robust diplomacy, the kind that leaves a bad taste in your mouth but gets the job done.
Clooney’s Call to Action George Clooney, John Prendergast November 5, 2010
Black Friday is no longer simply an exercise in selfishness, greed, and bad taste.
Black Friday Is Like Occupy Wall Street Lee Siegel November 25, 2011
It was bad taste, she averred, and she desired to cultivate the beautiful American language.
Madeline Payne, the Detective’s Daughter Lawrence L. Lynch
Sometimes there is evidence of imperfect taste, or of bad taste.
The American Mind Bliss Perry
I was rather smitten, but I could not go on caring for a man who had the bad taste to prefer another girl.
The Daughters of a Genius Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It would have been in bad taste for him to think of going—of going anything like so soon as this.
Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
Stupidity and bad taste are the best agents for the maintenance of society in all its pristine foolishness.
Juliette Drouet’s Love-Letters to Victor Hugo Louis Guimbaud
leave a bad taste
noun Sir Douglas. 1910–82, British fighter pilot. Despite losing both legs after a flying accident (1931), he became a national hero as a pilot in World War II Contemporary Examples In order for us to be successful as party,” bader began, “we need to reflect the full diversity of America. T.W. Shannon Is a Sign […]
a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, achievement, etc.: a police badge; a merit badge. any emblem, token, or distinctive mark: He considered a slide rule as the badge of an engineering student. a card bearing identifying information, as one’s name, symbol or place of employment, […]
- Badge engineering
noun the practice of remaking one model of automobile as another for a different manufacturer, esp. when companies merge operations; two identical automobiles marketed under different model names Examples The Honda Accord is the Acura TSX, an example of badge engineering. Word Origin badge ‘brand name’
- Badge of honor
noun a medal or token signifying an awarded honor or distinction; also in figurative use Examples The martial artist felt that cauliflower ear was a badge of honor. Word Origin 1578