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adjective bad pronunciation in American English /bæd/
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  1. 1
    not pleasant or enjoyable
    The weather was really bad – it rained all week.
    She was feeling stressed after a bad day at work.
    I’m afraid I have some bad news for you.
    a bad dream
    For people living alone, Christmas is often the worst time of the year.
  2. 2
    likely to cause major problems
    a bad accident/mistake/case of the flu
    Police used tear gas, but that just made the situation worse.
    It was the worst scandal of the Clinton presidency.
    go from bad to worse: In the second half of the game, things went from bad to worse.
    1. a.
      likely to harm your health or your body
      a bad diet
      bad for: Too much salt can be bad for your heart.
    2. b.
      likely to damage your success or peoples opinion of you
      The show got a really bad review in the Sunday paper.
      Worried about bad publicity, the drug companies agreed to reduce their prices.
      bad for: They are trying to develop tourism, but high crime rates are bad for business.
  3. 3
    of very low quality
    one of this year’s worst movies
    bad management/workmanship
    The show was so bad they took it off after two episodes.
    1. a.
      not at all skillful
      a bad driver/teacher
      bad at (doing) something: I’m really bad at remembering people’s names.
  4. 4
    not appropriate or convenient
    a bad decision
    You’ve been given bad advice.
    I can come back later if this is a bad time for you.
    1. a.
      not fair, acceptable, or reasonable
      a bad way to treat your customers
      It’s bad that you have to wait so long for an appointment.
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  5. 5
    used about a part of your body that is causing you pain or is not working well
    a bad back/leg/stomach
    You shouldn’t try these exercises if you have a bad heart.
  6. 6
    behaving in a cruel, evil, or criminal way
    He’s not a bad man, just very weak.
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  7. 7
    no longer fresh or good to eat or drink
    This milk smells bad.
    go bad: It will go bad if you don’t put it in the refrigerator.
  8. 8
    spoken good. This word is used mainly by young people.


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