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bad guy  

     ( bad guys    plural  ) A bad guy is a person in a story or film who is considered to be evil or wicked, or who is fighting on the wrong side. You can also refer to the bad guys in a situation in real life.  
INFORMAL      n-count   usu pl   (=baddy)     (Antonym: good guy)    In the end the `bad guys' are caught and sent to jail.     
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bad     ( worse    comparative)   ( worst    superlative  )
1       adj   Something that is bad is unpleasant, harmful, or undesirable.,   (Antonym: good)    The bad weather conditions prevented the plane from landing..., We have been going through a bad time..., I've had a bad day at work..., Divorce is bad for children..., Analysts fear the situation is even worse than the leadership admits.     
2       adj   You use bad to indicate that something unpleasant or undesirable is severe or great in degree.  
He had a bad accident two years ago and had to give up farming..., This was a bad case of dangerous driving..., The pain is often so bad she wants to scream..., The floods are described as the worst in nearly fifty years.     
3       adj   A bad idea, decision, or method is not sensible or not correct.  
usu ADJ n   (=poor)     (Antonym: good)    Economist Jeffrey Faux says a tax cut is a bad idea..., Of course politicians will sometimes make bad decisions..., That's not a bad way to proceed, just somewhat different..., The worst thing you can do is underestimate an opponent.     
4       adj   If you describe a piece of news, an action, or a sign as bad, you mean that it is unlikely to result in benefit or success.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: good)    The closure of the project is bad news for her staff..., It was a bad start in my relationship with Warr..., The report couldn't have come at a worse time for the European Commission.     
5       adj   Something that is bad is of an unacceptably low standard, quality, or amount.   (=poor)     (Antonym: good)    Many old people in Britain are living in bad housing..., The state schools' main problem is that teachers' pay is so bad..., It was absolutely the worst food I have ever had.     
6       adj   Someone who is badat doing something is not skilful or successful at it.  
v-link ADJ at -ing/n, ADJ n   (=poor)     (Antonym: good)    He had increased Britain's reputation for being bad at languages..., He was a bad driver..., Rose was a poor cook and a worse mother.     
7       adj   If you say that it is bad that something happens, you mean it is unacceptable, unfortunate, or wrong.  
v-link ADJ, oft it v-link ADJ that     (Antonym: good)    Not being able to hear doesn't seem as bad as not being able to see..., You need at least ten pounds if you go to the cinema nowadays<endash>it's really bad.     
8       adj   You can say that something is not bad to mean that it is quite good or acceptable, especially when you are rather surprised about this.  
with neg  
`How much is he paying you?'<emdash10001`Oh, five thousand.'<emdash10002`Not bad.'..., `How are you, mate?'<emdash10003`Not bad, mate, how's yourself?'..., He's not a bad chap<endash10004quite human for an accountant..., That's not a bad idea.     
9       adj   A bad person has morally unacceptable attitudes and behaviour.   (=wicked)     (Antonym: good)    I was selling drugs, but I didn't think I was a bad person..., He does not think that his beliefs make him any worse than any other man.     
  badness      n-uncount  
They only recognise badness when they perceive it in others.     
10       adj   A bad child disobeys rules and instructions or does not behave in a polite and correct way.   (=naughty)  
You are a bad boy for repeating what I told you..., Many parents find it hard to discourage bad behaviour.     
11       adj   If you are in a bad mood, you are angry and behave unpleasantly to people.  
usu ADJ n  
She is in a bit of a bad mood because she's just given up smoking.     
12       adj   If you feelbadabout something, you feel rather sorry or guilty about it.  
feel ADJ, oft ADJ about n, ADJ that     (Antonym: good)    You don't have to feel bad about relaxing..., I feel bad that he's doing most of the work..., Are you trying to make me feel bad?     
13       adj   If you have a bad back, heart, leg, or eye, it is injured, diseased, or weak.  
usu ADJ n  
Alastair has a bad back so we have a hard bed.     
14       adj   Food that has gonebad is not suitable to eat because it has started to decay.  
usu go ADJ, also ADJ n  
They bought so much beef that some went bad.     
15       adj   Bad language is language that contains offensive words such as swear words.  
usu ADJ n  
I don't like to hear bad language in the street..., I said a bad word.     
16   
    worse  
    worst  
17    If you say that it is too bad that something is the case, you mean you are sorry or sad that it is the case.  
too bad      phrase   oft it v-link PHR that     (feelings)    (=a pity, a shame)  
It is too bad that Eleanor had to leave so soon..., Too bad he used his intelligence for criminal purposes.     
18    If you say `too bad', you are indicating that nothing can be done to change the situation, and that you do not feel sorry or sympathetic about this.  
too bad      convention  
  (feelings)   
(=hard luck)  
Too bad if you missed the bus.     
19   
    to make the best of a bad job  
    best  
    bad blood  
    blood  
    bad luck  
    luck  
    to get a bad press  
    press  
    to go from bad to worse  
    worse  


bad cheque        ( bad cheques    plural  )
in AM, use bad check      A bad cheque is a bank cheque that will not be paid because there is a mistake on it, or because there is not enough money in the account of the person who wrote the cheque.      n-count  
bad debt        ( bad debts    plural  ) A bad debt is a sum of money that has been lent but is not likely to be repaid.      n-count  
The bank set aside £1.1 billion to cover bad debts from business failures.     
bad guy        ( bad guys    plural  ) A bad guy is a person in a story or film who is considered to be evil or wicked, or who is fighting on the wrong side. You can also refer to the bad guys in a situation in real life.  
INFORMAL      n-count   usu pl   (=baddy)     (Antonym: good guy)    In the end the `bad guys' are caught and sent to jail.     
bad hair day        ( bad hair days    plural  ) People sometimes say they are having a bad hair day when they do not feel very happy or relaxed, especially because their hair does not look good.  
INFORMAL      n-count   usu sing  
All this fuss is because Carol is having a bad hair day.     
bad-mouth     ( bad-mouths    3rd person present)   ( bad-mouthing    present participle)   ( bad-mouthed    past tense & past participle  ) If someone bad-mouths you, they say unpleasant things about you, especially when you are not there to defend yourself.      verb  
Both men continually bad-mouthed each other.      V n  
bad-tempered     
Someone who is bad-tempered is not very cheerful and gets angry easily.      adj   (=irritable)  
When his headaches developed Nick became bad-tempered and even violent...     

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bad  

1    chickenshit     (U.S. slang)   defective, deficient, duff     (Brit. informal)   erroneous, fallacious, faulty, imperfect, inadequate, incorrect, inferior, low-rent     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   of a sort or of sorts, pathetic, poor, poxy     (slang)   substandard, unsatisfactory  
2    damaging, dangerous, deleterious, detrimental, harmful, hurtful, injurious, ruinous, unhealthy  
3    base, corrupt, criminal, delinquent, evil, immoral, mean, sinful, vile, villainous, wicked, wrong  
4    disobedient, mischievous, naughty, unruly  
5    decayed, mouldy, off, putrid, rancid, rotten, sour, spoiled  
6    disastrous, distressing, grave, harsh, painful, serious, severe, terrible  
7    ailing, diseased, ill, sick, unwell  
8    apologetic, conscience-stricken, contrite, guilty, regretful, remorseful, sad, sorry, upset  
9    adverse, discouraged, discouraging, distressed, distressing, gloomy, grim, low, melancholy, troubled, troubling, unfortunate, unpleasant  
10    not bad      all right, average, fair, fair to middling     (informal)   moderate, O.K. or okay     (informal)   passable, respectable, so-so     (informal)   tolerable  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    adequate, fair, satisfactory  
2    agreeable, beneficial, good, healthful, safe, sound, wholesome  
3    ethical, fine, first-rate, good, moral, righteous, virtuous  
4    biddable, docile, good, obedient, well-behaved  


bad blood     
acrimony, anger, animosity, antagonism, dislike, enmity, feud, hatred, ill feeling, ill will, malevolence, malice, rancour, resentment, seeing red  
bad manners     
boorishness, churlishness, coarseness, discourtesy, disrespect, impoliteness, incivility, inconsideration, indelicacy, rudeness, unmannerliness  
  
Antonyms     
   civility, cordiality, courteousness, courtesy, good manners, graciousness, politeness, urbanity  
bad-tempered     
angry, cantankerous, choleric, crabbed, cross, crotchety     (informal)   grouchy     (informal)   grumbling, huffy, ill-tempered, irascible, irritable, liverish, peevish, petulant, querulous, ratty     (Brit. & N.Z. informal)   splenetic, sulky, sullen, surly, testy, tetchy  
  
Antonyms     
   affable, amiable, cheerful, genial, good-humoured, good-tempered, happy, pleasant, sanguine  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things
n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things.
[Slang] related to bro-mance
n.
someone to whom everybody is turning when they need advice, help
[Fam.]
n.
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
adj.
extremely bad
about humans
exp.
expression used when nothing is going well
n.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
n.
unattractive person, looking dirty and/or smelling bad
n.
A plan done for something bad or illegal.
I will never scheme in the future because it is a bad thing to do.
n.
used figuratively, a train crash means something disastrously bad
'this train crash of a policy'
v.
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
exp.
1. break; fall apart; 2. be in a bad mood
exp.
= bad press: negative opinion or image expressed in the media
The firm got some negative press over that decision
id.
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
exp.
something that you say which means you cannot make a good quality product using bad quality materials
adv.
in spite of the flaws/minuses/disadvantages; with goods and bads; with minuses and pluses
love / accept smb. flaws and all = love /accept smb. as he/she is, with qualities and flaws.

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