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Bad time

bad time

noun phrase

Time spent in the guardhouse and therefore not a part of one’s required period of service (Armed forces fr WWII)
Contemporary Examples

Then again, is there really ever a bad time for slow-cooked barbecue, hot jazz and cool blues music?
The U.S. Road Trips You Should Really Take Lonely Planet April 25, 2014

So it was a bad time to say “there was no question” about a conclusion about which there were sure to be plenty of questions.
Justin! Why Trudeau’s Heir Isn’t Ready David Frum April 19, 2013

The rupee is falling in part because foreign investors have decided this is a bad time to be investing in India.
India’s Rupee Drops Off a Cliff William O’Connor August 28, 2013

Which means this is a bad time for Facebook to be drawing the ire of its users.
Facebook Users Revolt Dan Lyons September 20, 2011

“They are having a bad time in the sexist crowd” in the prison camps, Samutsevich said.
Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich Speaks Out Anna Nemtsova November 29, 2012

Historical Examples

It did not take very long to make the lads aware that they were in for a bad time.
Tom Fairfield’s Schooldays Allen Chapman

You certainly did seem to have a bad time of it, Tubby, in the wash of the Channel!
The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields Lieut. Howard Payson

The mother had what is called a bad time, and was slow to recover strength.
The Devil’s Garden W. B. Maxwell

His two aids, the Saint and the Fiend, had a bad time of it.
Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay

Ai, that was a bad time, and Don Alfredo with black silence on him for very sorrow.
The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan

see under have a good time


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