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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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Be sure to notify the deadbeat that you will be doing this.
If you do take a deadbeat client to collections, be sure to go with a reputable firm that is licensed and bonded.
Even if you take a deadbeat client to court, your chances of recovering the entire amount owed to you are pretty slim.
More than 30 million kids are suffering because of the neglect of a deadbeat parent.
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 story of deadbeat dads is so big, and yet it has been swept under the rug," said Malone.
Of course many deadbeat dads really can't afford to pay - the General Accounting Office in 1992 estimated possibly as many as 66 percent.
It also enmeshes anyone foolish enough to hire that person, and creates apparatuses of surveillance and control that could easily be extended to other purposes less clearly noble than mulcting cash from deadbeat dads.
Honest bidders who are outbid by a deadbeat bidder lose the opportunity to buy the item and are typically not aware they have been outbid by someone who does not intend to pay for the item.
Our BidAssure initiative will significantly reduce the deadbeat bidder problem for sellers of all sizes from the Fortune 500 to mid-market and small businesses.
We will continue to pressure those deadbeat parents to fulfill their responsibilities to the 650,000 children in Michigan that they owe support.
On paper, according to both liberal and conservative models, my demographic profile should make me a deadbeat.
Deadbeat dads rank about one step below the Klan in popularity among African Americans.
Family practitioners occasionally run into the deadbeat parent who simply refuses to obey the order directing payment of support.
Sometimes the court files in these cases are voluminous because the deadbeat is pro se and is making a career out of dragging the custodial parent to court over trivial matters, thus jeopardizing employment and putting the custodial parent even more at the mercy of the deadbeat.