bad lot

bad lot

A person or group of people typified by immoral, illegal, or illicit behavior, which is often seen as being corruptive and/or destructive to others. That George fellow is a bad lot. I heard he was arrested just last year for robbing a convenience store for drug money. I fell in with a bad lot after high school and got in a lot of trouble, but I've cleaned up my act now.
See also: bad, lot

a bad ˈlot

(old-fashioned, British English) a person who is dishonest: I’m not surprised. I always said he was a bad lot, didn’t I?
See also: bad, lot
References in classic literature ?
These pirates, a bad lot of men, used to wait for sailors to be shipwrecked on their shores.
Shut the door, Jim, you'll get no good out of 'ER," continued John, pointing with his thumb towards Miss Sharp: "a bad lot, I tell you, a bad lot," and so saying, Mr.
The girl may be small enough and mean enough to decline to have anything to say to me because her father was a bad lot, and she doesn't want to be reminded of him, but for that very reason can you imagine her virtually refusing a large sum of money?
Bounderby, the two gentlemen at this present moment walking through Coketown, and both eminently practical, who could, on occasion, furnish more tabular statements derived from their own personal experience, and illustrated by cases they had known and seen, from which it clearly appeared - in short, it was the only clear thing in the case - that these same people were a bad lot altogether, gentlemen; that do what you would for them they were never thankful for it, gentlemen; that they were restless, gentlemen; that they never knew what they wanted; that they lived upon the best, and bought fresh butter; and insisted on Mocha coffee, and rejected all but prime parts of meat, and yet were eternally dissatisfied and unmanageable.
Gregson is the smartest of the Scotland Yarders," my friend remarked; "he and Lestrade are the pick of a bad lot.
Dear old grandma; she did her best, but I 'm a bad lot," said Tom, with a shake of the head and a sober face.
They're bad lots, and you'll come to no good with them.
He was visually impressive, but they were a bad lot at Huntingdon.
It is relevant to re-read what Ambedkar said: "However good a Constitution may be, it is sure to turn out bad because those who are called to work it happen to be a bad lot.
As cliched and hackneyed as it sounds, he simply fell in with a bad lot," Mr Newcombe added.
WE find ourselves in a chaotic mess due to David Cameron's ill judged referendum of last June and Theresa May's approach to the recent general election that has resulted in a hung parliament, with a Tory need to enlist the aid of a party not exactly known for its tolerance in order to govern, as the best of a bad lot.
Football fans can get a raw deal at times, but they're really not a bad lot.
The business consultant added: "I recently renewed my Vodafone contract for a further two years on the basis that they are the best of a bad lot.
84 | The ladies of Larkhall |Prison weren't a bad lot - relive their ups and downs in the complete eight series of Bad Girls, PS62.
Eoin Morgan was the best of a bad lot with 34 off 20 balls as the Australian bowlers shared in the wickets.