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be bad news

slang To be, or be perceived as, unpleasant or unsavory. Stay away from that gang of kids from the other side of town—they're bad news. Coach lets me play a lot, so if he gets fired, it will be bad news for me.
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be bad news

COMMON If you say that someone is bad news, you mean that they have a bad character and are likely to cause trouble. We've separated and I'm glad. He was bad news.
See also: bad, news