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adjective bad pronunciation in American English /bæd/
Word Forms
  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.

  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. 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.

  7. 8
    spoken good. This word is used mainly by young people.



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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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