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be bad news

slang To be, or be perceived as, unpleasant or unsavory. Stay away from that gang of kids from the other side of town—they're bad news. Coach lets me play a lot, so if he gets fired, it will be bad news for me. Our wedding is this weekend, so a snowstorm would be bad news indeed!
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be bad news

to be unpleasant and to have a bad effect on other people or situations I've worked with her in the past and I'm telling you she's bad news. (often + for ) The government's failure to be firm on air quality is bad news for the environment.
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