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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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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.
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That denial was upheld after a two-year court battle, but Tennant continued to nurse a grudge against what he perceived as a deadbeat federal agency.
I DON'T know what upset me more about Andrew Bushe's article on deadbeat dads - the fathers' refusal to pay or the Government's inability to make them pay.
Suddenly, he was facing several years of automatic wage garnishment, and the shame of being forced to explain to prospective employers why the government considered him a deadbeat dad.
The amendment wouldn't simply ban equality in civil marriage, a right that is now guaranteed to murderers, child abusers, deadbeat dads, multiple divorcees, and foreigners.
Thomas Slaven, 42, was exposed on the Deadbeat Dads website after deserting Lindsay, 15, and Leslie, 12 -and leaving estranged wife Leigh pounds 15,000 short in child support and alimony.
Borglum was clearly a disagreeable sort, a deadbeat who was disloyal to his friends and consorted with the Ku Klux Klan.
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.
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