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bad news

1. An unwelcome thing or person, trouble. For example, That fire was bad news; we were underinsured for the damage, or No one wants Mary on the board-she's bad news. This term transfers literal bad news-the report of an unhappy recent event-to an unwanted or undesirable individual or circumstance. [Slang; 1920s]
2. The amount charged for something, as in Waiter, bring our check-I want to see the bad news. [Slang; 1920s]
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bad news

1. n. the bill for something. Here comes the bad news.
2. mod. unpleasant; unfortunate; repellent. That poor guy is really bad news.
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It is clear from the existing research that what may initially seem to be a straightforward process of delivering bad news is actually saturated with strong emotions for both the deliverer and the recipient of the bad news.
The bad news is the flames were put out by the drool dripping out of his mouth just thinking of the flag burning amendment he had in his back pocket.
There was more bad news for United last night when Roy Keane was declared doubtful for United's Champions League clash with Panathinaikos on Tuesday.
Internists in particular tend to give out a lot of bad news, and it is important to relay this information to patients in small amounts, Dr.
Empirical studies on delivering bad news are limited.
Bad news for analysts who had been expecting the good times to continue.
The bad news is that more and more 12th graders are smoking, continuing a 5 year trend.
As Richard Slovacek of North Central College in Illinois points out in his paper, "Crisis Communication, Getting Bad News to the Top," the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 was a result of "bad news" (the vulnerability of the O-rings) not making its way to National Aeronautics and Space Administration's top decision makers.
And so, there is good news and bad news for the health care field.
Recent economic reports bring both good and bad news.
But as in most human endeavors, there's good news and bad news.
Persisting distress is often signaled, notes Horowitz, by ruminations over the bad news, extended periods of mild depression and sleep disruptions.
now applies his facile tongue to the less appealing portions of the American body politic, only to discover that The Good News Is the Bad News Is Wrong.
He said: "Today is the first of the new monthly updates, when the Government publishes all the bad news about the NHS on the same day in the hope that it will minimise the negative headlines.