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Without enough money to get by; poor. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I've been bad off for the last few months; it's hard to make ends meet these days.
Without enough money to get by; poor. She was laid off from her job last year, and she has been quite badly off since then.
badly off for (something)
Without enough of something that one needs. Primarily heard in UK. I hope you get paid soon, we are badly off for groceries in the house.
be badly off
1. To lack enough money to provide basic necessities; to be poor. She was laid off from her job last year, and she has been quite badly off since then.
2. To be in a difficult or unpleasant situation. We were badly off in our last apartment because the building was constantly under construction.
be badly off for (something)
To be without enough of something that is needed. Primarily heard in UK. I hope you get paid soon, we are badly off for groceries in the house.
be badly turned out
To be poorly dressed. Please don't be badly turned out when you come to this dinner party—sneakers are completely unacceptable.
be well turned out
To be dressed very nicely. She's always well turned out, so I'm sure she'll come to dinner in pearls and high heels.
come out badly
To result in something negative or unpleasant. I didn't mean to insult her hairdo, but everything I said just came out badly.
do badly by (one)
To treat one poorly. I've been so absorbed in my job that I've done badly by my wife and kids.
do badly by (someone)
To treat one poorly or disrespectfully. I know I did badly by Colin by not showing up for our study date—I should have at least called him.
go badly with (someone or something)
To be unpleasant and/or full of challenges. Things are going badly with my sister—she's sick again and her husband just broke his foot. Things must be going badly with this assignment if you still haven't finished it.
go down badly
To be poorly received, as by a group or audience. Yeah, you could say that my performance went down badly—I got booed off the stage.
go down well
To be well-received, as by a group or audience. Three standing ovations! Wow, your performance really went down well!
reflect on (someone or something)
To stand as evidence of someone's or something's qualities or merits. The principal seems more concerned that the incident will reflect poorly on the school, as opposed to whether anyone was hurt. Your poise under pressure really reflects on your ability as a leader.
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come out badly
[for efforts at something] to have a bad result. I hope trying to get back together with Joan doesn't come out badly.
go badly with someone or something
[for something] to proceed badly for someone or something. I hope that things are not still going badly with you. Things are going very badly with the project.
You scared the hell out of me.and You scared the crap out of me.; You scared the dickens out of me.; You scared the devil out of me.; You scared me out of my wits.; You scared the pants off (of) me.
You frightened me very badly. (Also with subjects other than second person. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) He scared the hell out of all of us. She really scared the pants off of me.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, badly off. In unfortunate circumstances, poor. For example, Her husband's death left her bad off, or She had her pension and wasn't too badly off. The first term is colloquial. [Early 1800s] Also see well off.
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.
be badly ˈoff
1 not having much money; poor
2 not in a good situation: I’ve got quite a big room so I’m not too badly off. OPPOSITE: be well off
be badly ˈoff for something(British English) not have enough of something: My father also studied history at college, so I’m not badly off for books (= I’ve got quite a lot).
go down ˈwell, ˈbadly, etc. (with somebody)(also go off ˈwell) used to talk about whether people like something such as a speech, performance, etc: Her speech went down well with the audience.
reflect well, badly, etc. on somebody/somethingmake somebody/something appear to be good, bad, etc. to other people: This incident reflects badly on everyone involved.
be well, badly, etc. turned ˈoutbe well, badly, etc. dressed: Her children are always smartly turned out.
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