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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.
See also: nasty, wallop

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.
See also: nasty, of, piece, work

nasty woman

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!
See also: nasty, woman

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.
See also: and, cheap, nasty

cheap and nasty

  (British & Australian)
costing little money and of bad quality You know the sort of cheap and nasty clothes that are sold on market stalls.
See also: and, cheap, nasty

be a nasty piece of work

  (British & Australian informal)
to be a very unpleasant person He's a nasty piece of work, is Carl. I'd avoid him if I were you.
See also: nasty, of, piece, work

shag-nasty

mod. nasty. I want out of this shag-nasty mess.
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Fortunately the Nasties have a shedload of new or recycled ideas to make these phantoms invisible or even lock them away forever in a box clearly marked ``oops.
If the Nasties look like a bunch of kids in a haunted house, spare a thought for what used to be known as the Tory Party at prayer.
In fact this opinion provoked a debate here about who would win a match between a team of Hard Men and a team of Nasties.
Against the Nasties you'd be likely to get studs down the back of your leg when you're not looking.
But RMT rail union chief Jimmy Knapp fumed: "LT & S want fewer Mr Nice Guys and more Mr Nasties.