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  • adj. Spent in a bad way, squandered
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of misspend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of misspend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ill-spent; badly or uselessly employed: as, misspent time; a misspent life.


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  • It is very fitting that Mr. Frederic's last book should be in praise of action, the thing that makes the world go round; of force, however misspent, which is the sum of life as distinguished from the inertia of death.

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  • And his talk, we are told, during the fortnight that preceded his death, was not regret for a life we should, in seriousness, call misspent, but because partridges and pheasants no longer suited his condition, and he was obliged to be reduced to boiled meats.

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  • In the early days of his England captaincy, John Terry often found himself wincing when asked to recall his misspent youth.

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  • OpEdNews - Quicklink: Up to 70% of US aid to Pakistan 'misspent'

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Up to 70% of US aid to Pakistan 'misspent'

  • Because only Vallas would know how to turn a disaster (a federal audit forcing the district to return milions in "misspent" funds) into a public relations opportunity:

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  • The less PageRank points that will be "misspent" on low potential pages

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  • Republicans Conservatives in Canada cry fowl when $10 or $20 million is 'misspent' on the arts, but it's OK to funnel hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayers money to inept managers and businesses in the wake of the financial instability in the US (and that's spreading to normally stable countries like Canada and those in the EU).

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  • "misspent" youth at the old Billiken Bowl on Stedman Street.


  • Prosecutions for sodomy declined sharply in the colonies in the eighteenth century, even as the population increased geometrically, and in the port cities during the American Revolution, little or no misspent seed was punished.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • This was not to say that the money was misspent, but it was a totally unacceptable situation.

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