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bad news

1. slang Someone or something that is, or is 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. Our wedding is this weekend, so a snowstorm would be bad news indeed!
2. The cost of something. I got the receipt so we can see the bad news.
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bad news

1. An unwelcome thing or person, trouble. For example, That fire was bad news; we were underinsured for the damage, or No one wants Mary on the board-she's bad news. This term transfers literal bad news-the report of an unhappy recent event-to an unwanted or undesirable individual or circumstance. [Slang; 1920s]
2. The amount charged for something, as in Waiter, bring our check-I want to see the bad news. [Slang; 1920s]
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bad news

1. n. the bill for something. Here comes the bad news.
2. mod. unpleasant; unfortunate; repellent. That poor guy is really bad news.
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It should be stressed that providing clarity (content) and a sense of action (process) are practical tips to improve a patient's receipt of the bad news message; (13) these two factors alone have been found to explain more than 95% of the variance in patients' acceptability judgements when receiving bad news.
However, most of the people are reluctant to communicate any potentially disturbing or stressful information; considering it to be "Bad News".10,11 Breaking bad news may lead to disappointment, distress and aggression in the receiver(s) and has a high potential to provoke violence depending on contextual factors.10,11 A qualitative study of experiences of healthcare providers regarding breaking bad news analyzed bad and good experiences separately and identified that interpersonal communication skills and specific training of healthcare providers regarding breaking bad news predominantly influenced outcomes of breaking bad news.12 The previous models of breaking bad news ignore the specific social context and have limited usability in countries like Pakistan.11,13
Fernyhough introduced the 24 doctors to the SPIKES protocol, designed to help doctors deliver bad news both sensitively and accurately.
There is no standard answer about how this should be when the patient and their family members have to receive bad news. This can vary according to the educational status, occupation, and culture of the patient and their family members (9-11).
So this colleague would narrate his tale of injustice to every willing listener, beginning with the usual: "I've got good news and I've got bad news." And then he would proceed to -- without giving the listener the customary choice -- give them the bad news.
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The bad news is that the ICC decides to bung a spanner in the works by putting down tough and, in some ways, impractical pre-conditions.
Clinicians need to be cognizant that a conversation about bad news is 3 interwoven conversations that involve facts, emotional responses, and an altered self-identity.
"He didn't pick up at first and then I left him a message saying 'look, I don't only call when it's bad news' so that was nice.
Everyone responds to tension and trauma differently, but know that steps can be taken to tackle the mountain ahead, deal with the bad news, adopt coping mechanisms, and make the situation less traumatic.
But just when the Bad News Barrett gimmick was really catching on with fans, Vince McMahon decided to pull the plug on the character.
I recently learned that a radiologist was found liable in a malpractice lawsuit after a lung cancer patient perceived his report as "bad news" and died as the result of suicide.
So if Brexit really means Brexit, it's a return to the bad old days of tariffs, visas, border checks and completion of tedious and time-consuming documentation - bad news for UK exporters, students and the tourist industry.
Bad news is no fun to deliver, which is why even distinguished leaders and otherwise successful people will go to great lengths to avoid doing it.