good-for-nothing


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good-for-nothing

If you describe someone as good-for-nothing, you mean that they are lazy and irresponsible. Ruth's father was a rich, charming, but good-for-nothing man. He lived with his alcoholic mother and her good-for-nothing boyfriend in a trailer park. Note: You can also call a person a good-for-nothing. She called him `a lazy, deceitful good-for-nothing'.

good-for-nothing

1. mod. worthless. (Usually having to do with a person.) Let’s get rid of this good-for-nothing car right now.
2. n. a worthless person. (Also a rude term of address.) Tell the good-for-nothing to leave.
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Up until now, Paul has been an unrepentant skirt-chaser, known in his small, North Carolina mill town as a good-for-nothing jerk with little focus or ambition.