bearer of bad news meaning, bearer of bad news definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( bearers    plural  )
1       n-count   The bearerof something such as a message is the person who brings it to you.  
usu N of n  
I hate to be the bearer of bad news.     
2       n-count   A bearer of a particular thing is a person who carries it, especially in a ceremony.  
FORMAL   usu n N  
...Britain's flag bearer at the Olympic Games opening ceremony...     
3       n-count   The bearerof something such as a document, a right, or an official position is the person who possesses it or holds it.  
FORMAL   oft N of n, n N   (=holder)  
...the traditional bourgeois notion of the citizen as a bearer of rights..., Spanish identity documents state the bearer's profession.     
    standard bearer  

standard bearer        ( standard bearers    plural  ) , standard-bearer   If you describe someone as the standard bearer of a group, you mean that they act as the leader or public representative of a group of people who have the same aims or interests.      n-count   usu with supp  
Farrakhan was a poor standard-bearer for the causes of African-Americans.     
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remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
extremely bad
about humans
expression used when nothing is going well
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"
unattractive person, looking dirty and/or smelling bad
A plan done for something bad or illegal.
I will never scheme in the future because it is a bad thing to do.
used figuratively, a train crash means something disastrously bad
'this train crash of a policy'
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
1. break; fall apart; 2. be in a bad mood
= bad press: negative opinion or image expressed in the media
The firm got some negative press over that decision
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
expression used to indicate that something happens very quickly
def.: new and inexperienced person
slang. Syn.: newbie, newb
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
to use something (an object or a substance) in a new way: not the same as "recycle"
can sometimes be translated as "détourner"
brand of soup, mix of vegetables, image for new startups ?
someone who is picky about food, doesn't want to try new foods
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
a new word formed by joining together two others and combining their meanings. Examples: brunch, camcorder, carjack, motel, greenwash, smog, workaholic.
a government scheme that moves people to a new area (e.g. because a dam is being built where they live)
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
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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