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deadbeat dad

Slang A father who is not involved in the lives of his child(ren), physically and/or monetarily. Don't be a deadbeat dad, Sean—go see your kids this weekend! I'm no deadbeat dad, I make all of my child support payments!
See also: dad, deadbeat
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Characterized by the label "dead-beat Dads", these men are thought to deliberately avoid the father role and fall short of the responsibilities incurred when creating a child.
I would have thought that a solution to the problem of "dead-beat dads" would have been found by now - but obviously not.
Earlier this year the CSA named and shamed dead-beat dads by publishing their names on the internet.
So far-reaching, in fact, that the ACLU fears the system will be used for an ever-widening set of purposes, so that eventually not only are terrorists being profiled, but drug dealers and even dead-beat dads. The group also sees CAPPS II moving towards other forms of transportation, such as trains and buses, so that eventually the net result will be an "un-American system of internal government checkpoints" across the nation.
To whip up popular appeal for the 1994 Million Man March, Louis Farrakhan declared war on no-account black men, and singled out dead-beat dads in particular.
Going after "dead-beat dads," who often lack income and jobs, yields little money.
He has joined the sorry list of California's dead-beat dads, having skipped out on pounds 7,500 in back child support payments.