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dead beat

adjective Totally exhausted or fatigued. (Not to be confused with "deadbeat," a lazy, feckless, and/or negligent person.) I was dead beat after working my third 12-hour shift in a row.
See also: beat, dead

deadbeat dad

Slang A father who is not involved in the lives of his child(ren), physically and/or monetarily. Don't be a deadbeat dad, Sean—go see your kids this weekend! I'm no deadbeat dad, I make all of my child support payments!
See also: dad, deadbeat

dead beat

1. Defeated; also exhausted. For example, That horse was dead beat before the race even began, or, as Charles Dickens put it in Martin Chuzzlewit (1843): "Pull off my boots for me ... I am quite knocked up. Dead beat." [Slang; first half of 1800s]
2. Also, deadbeat. A lazy person or loafer; also, one who does not pay debts. For example, Her housemate knew she was a deadbeat, shirking her share of the chores, or He's a deadbeat; don't count on getting that money back. [Slang; second half of 1800s]
See also: beat, dead

deadbeat

n. someone who doesn’t pay debts or bills. Some deadbeat with the same name as mine is ruining my credit rating.
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What about those double deadbeats who steal the insurance checks?
If you do take a deadbeat client to collections, be sure to go with a reputable firm that is licensed and bonded.
Most family practitioners fail to recognize the realities of the situation with deadbeat parents and attempt to use civil contempt as a remedy to enforce payment of support.
A deadbeat father who doesn't pay to take care of his own children is committing something akin to child abuse - morally, if not legally," said Rose.
The deadbeat dad stereotype is a distortion and it perpetuates the many myths surrounding child support.
But the actual percentage of wrongfully named default dads is certainly much lower, since these samples come largely from people with doubts about paternity (as opposed to real deadbeat dads, who have considerable reason to avoid a DNA test).
The Deadbeat Dads website names and shames fathers on the run from their cash-strapped families.
Chloe left a life in hell (a deadend estate in Burnley, where she lived with her bullying brother and deadbeat drunk of a mum) for .
Nineteen states say it's working, but state legislators are telling Congress to back off - they will decide for themselves if a program that pressures deadbeat parents to pay child support is right for their states.
Never mind that this improvement on Clinton had himself, once upon a time, been a deferment-seeking draft-dodger--he was an authentic tough guy, not to mention a divorced and remarried deadbeat dad.
government are united in a humongous conspiracy to strip him of all his money, redistribute it to deadbeat bureaucrats, and turn him into a pauper.
Glodis said, "The sheriff's office, like most law enforcement offices, has a zero tolerance for deadbeat dads that owe a substantial amount of money - especially those that are public employees that draw a paycheck from the taxpayers.
The last thing you need is a deadbeat husband and your baby doesn't need a deadbeat dad.
Gary Miller, R-Brea, said counties should assess any program or enforcement costs on deadbeat parents.
Her father, a deadbeat drug dealer with a good heart, disapproves of her romance because the boy is a drug user.
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