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bad actor

A person, animal, or element that is unreliable, unruly, and prone to troublesome or quarrelsome behavior. The class was full of bad actors, always fighting and causing trouble. The neighbors have quite a bad actor for a dog; it's constantly trying to fight with our dogs.
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no (person) worth their salt would (do something)

No person who warrants respect in a certain field or profession would engage in such bad behavior or activity. No professor worth their salt would remove a student from class just for asking controversial questions. It's baffling—no doctor worth their salt would have missed such an obvious diagnosis.
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crisis actor

1. Someone who portrays a victim in a training drill for emergency personnel, such as firefighters and EMTs. I volunteered to be a crisis actor at my local hospital's disaster drill.
2. conspiracy theory Someone who impersonates a victim of a tragic incident, typically a mass shooting, that has been staged. The concept originated with conspiracy theorists who claim that such actors are employed by governments or secret organizations attempting to stage such incidents to gain support for a particular agenda. The term gained widespread attention when some survivors of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were claimed to be crisis actors by conspiracy theorists in the aftermath of the shooting. Can you believe that some people think the Parkland kids were crisis actors paid to be there to further the liberal agenda on gun control? How sick is that?
See also: actor, crisis

no teacher/actor, etc. worth their salt

COMMON If you say, for example, that no teacher worth their salt or no actor worth their salt would do a particular thing, you mean that no teacher or actor who was good at their job would consider doing that thing. No racing driver worth his salt gets too sentimental about his cars. No player worth his salt wants to play in the lower divisions. Note: Instead of no, you can use any or every with this expression. For example, if you say that any teacher worth their salt would do a particular thing, you mean that any teacher who was good at their job would do that thing. Any policeman worth his salt would have made proper checks to find out exactly who this man was. Every teacher worth their salt will learn as much from their students as their students learn from them. Note: In the past, salt was expensive and rare. Roman soldiers were paid a `salarium' or salt money, so they could buy salt and stay healthy.
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He points to this year's Golden Globes, in which African Americans scored awards in the categories of: best motion picture-musical or comedy (Dreamgirls), best performance by an actor in a motion picture-drama (Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland), best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture (Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls), best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture (Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls), best television series-drama (Shonda Rhimes, Grey's Anatomy), and best original song-motion picture (Prince, Happy Feet).
Miller, founder of the Actors Center in New York, held a day-long series of panel discussions with an invited audience of Chicago actors at the American Theater Company in early August.
A social network is a series of choices by actors that are either positive (creating a contact) or negative (not creating a contact).
In fact, George Sanders, as All About Eve's velvety and venomous theater critic, remains the one actor to win an Oscar playing a gay character (albeit a veiled one) who survives past the final fade-out.
What in fact happens when an actor succeeds in the "hunt"?
The white practice of copying African American mannerisms became so widespread that actors performing in blackface eventually squeezed black theater out of existence.
Nowadays, black actors and actresses still inevitably spend a portion of their careers fighting racial demonization, thanks less to Griffith's canonization of the black male as white rapist than to the history of racial oppression in America, and its insidious legitimization of white hysteria in the face of black humanity.
For a brief, shining moment, the dishevelled but shrewd actor was replaced by a polished but flustered man climbing the steps to receive his Genie for Best Supporting Actor in Last Night.
A member of the second company of the landmark The Boys in the Band, Martin reports that he was always out as an actor: "I sort of miss the great gay market as an actor.
King uses such materials as the lists of actors from Jonson's Workes, the plot of The Battle of Alcazar, prompt books, places in the old scripts where actors are named instead of roles, the title page of the 1623 Duchess of Malfi, which includes the casts of two productions (Taylor replaces Burbage, after the latter's death in 1619) and many other pre-Restoration documents.
My friend the openly gay actor was bitching over his sugar-free, fat-free, flour-free, and flavor-flee chocolate mousse: "I've played so many gay parts, people are beginning to think I'm straight.
Although these staged reunions confound real and fictional histories, Heimerdinger never questions the integrity of the film's narrative, as Pierre Huyghe does; rather, she focuses on the multiple lives of the actor.