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a nasty wallop
A severe and powerful blow, which may be either dealt or received. I got a really nasty wallop from a two-by-four on the construction site last week. His left hook can deal a nasty wallop if he catches you with it.
be a nasty piece of work
To be a difficult or disagreeable person or thing. His secretary is a nasty piece of work, always snapping at people for no reason. I know you're not excited about this family vacation, but please, don't be a nasty piece of work the whole time. This virus is a nasty piece of work. It's already infected millions of users.
A liberal-minded woman. The phrase became a rallying cry and self-identifier for supporters of Hillary Clinton after Donald Trump referred to Clinton as "such a nasty woman" during a 2016 presidential debate. If I'm a "nasty woman" because I believe in equal rights for women, then so be it!
cheap and nasty
Inexpensive and poorly constructed. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Don't buy anything from that shop unless you're OK with it breaking—everything they sell is cheap and nasty.
a nasty piece of work
If someone is a nasty piece of work, they are very unpleasant. What about the husband, then? He's a real nasty piece of work. Note: Sometimes people use bit instead of piece, or use another adjective instead of nasty. He was a killer and a conman — an all-round nasty bit of work. She was a dreadful piece of work and anyone with eyes could have seen that.
cheap and nastyof low cost and bad quality. British
a nasty piece (or bit) of workan unpleasant or untrustworthy person. informal
something nasty in the woodsheda shocking or distasteful thing kept secret. British informal
This expression is taken from Stella Gibbons 's comic novel Cold Comfort Farm ( 1933 ), in which Aunt Ada Doom's dominance over her family is maintained by constant references to her having seen something nasty in the woodshed in her youth. The details of the experience are never explained.
cheap and ˈnasty(informal) something that is cheap and nasty does not cost a lot and is of poor quality and not very attractive or pleasant: The furniture was cheap and nasty.
1 become threatening and violent: You’d better do what he says or he’ll turn nasty.
2 become bad or unpleasant: It looks as though the weather is going to turn nasty again.
a nasty piece of ˈwork(British English, informal) a very unpleasant and dangerous person: Keep away from Bill Smith — he’s a very nasty piece of work. ♢ The factory manager was a nasty piece of work. We were all terrified of him.
cut up ˈrough/ˈnasty(informal) behave or react in an angry, bad-tempered or violent way: I didn’t want to ask Joe for money, but Billy had cut up rough when I couldn’t pay him back.
leave a bad/nasty ˈtaste in the/your mouth(of an experience) make you feel angry, bitter, or disgusted: The idea that the money had been stolen from her sick mother left a nasty taste in the mouth. ♢ When you see someone being treated so unkindly, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
mod. nasty. I want out of this shag-nasty mess.