a bad time

a bad time

1. A time that is inconvenient or inopportune. I'm afraid you've called at a bad time. I'm already on my way out the door. It's just a bad time right now, but we'll get back to you with the updated figures tomorrow, I promise. A: "Hi, is now a bad time?" B: "What do you think? It's 4:00 on a Friday, and the CEO has called me three times in the last half-hour."
2. A situation that is particularly painful, difficult, or unenjoyable. If you try to do too much after surgery, you're going to have a bad time. We had a really bad time on our date because we simply don't have anything in common. Am I having a bad time? Hmm, let's see, I'm surrounded by screaming children who are high on sugar.
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bad time

see under have a good time.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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