from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Slang One that is unpleasant or undesirable: A troublemaker within a group is always bad news.

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  • n. News of unpleasant, unfortunate or sad events.
  • n. An irritating, troublesome or harmful person, situation or thing.


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  • Bill and Janet together had given Pat White the bad news that awful night in January 1967 when her husband Ed died in the Apollo fire, and Bill felt he should stay with Janet right through the touchdown.

    First Man

  • He gets bad news from the front—like another brother of Light going dark—and he comes to me to get his energy rebalanced.

    Surrender the Dark

  • Cousin James-of-the-clergy served as his assistant, ready to take over once the bad news had been given.

    Morgan’s Run

  • The news reached the sawpits as quickly as bad news always does; Richard went the rounds and forbade his teams to stop work unless orders came that they were needed.

    Morgan’s Run

  • In the meantime, the owner of the Georgetown Inn, Collins Bird, a man whose hotel often hosted astronauts and NASA program leaders, had picked up on the bad news from Bob Gilruth, as the MSC director came into the hotel immediately after the White House event.

    First Man

  • It had nothing to do with him, it was the random drift of the universe, a bad news connection between a hopped-up junior in a pickup and his few-years-older daughter, all earnest desire and commitment.

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  • The bad news is that, as this book was going to press, funding for TURI was in jeopardy.


  • “The bad news is that Miss Edith is sure it was Rudy who did it.”


  • My father would tell them thenks but no thenks, and I saw he was whispering something—probably that—to my mother, then was making his way over to the podium to give them the bad news that he could never in a million years accept such a gift.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • Does that mean good news for Rivera Frenz or bad news for our favorite up-and-coming pitcher?



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