good-for-nothing

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good for nothing

Entirely without value; of no use whatsoever. (Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun.) This junky old computer my dad gave me is good for nothing! That good-for-nothing son of mine has been doing nothing but lying on the couch for the past two months!
See also: good, nothing

good-for-nothing

If you describe someone as good-for-nothing, you mean that they are lazy and irresponsible. Ruth's father was a rich, charming, but good-for-nothing man. He lived with his alcoholic mother and her good-for-nothing boyfriend in a trailer park. Note: You can also call a person a good-for-nothing. She called him `a lazy, deceitful good-for-nothing'.

good-for-nothing

1. mod. worthless. (Usually having to do with a person.) Let’s get rid of this good-for-nothing car right now.
2. n. a worthless person. (Also a rude term of address.) Tell the good-for-nothing to leave.
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A J HUBBLE ( Mail, September 16) is quick to condemn the million people claiming jobseekers' allowance in this country as lazy good-for-nothings who would rather live off taxpayers' money than work.
But the good-for-nothings are like thorns to be thrown away; that cannot be picked up by the hand.
Michele Sharon Jaffe, The Story of O: Prostitutes and Other Good-for-Nothings in the Renaissance
Usually Johnny gets provisions from the local grocer (Paul Sarnoff), a grumpy Philistine who growls disparagingly about lazy good-for-nothings who owe him money, but nonetheless forks over the requisite rations.
Additionally, Hodgson argued before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that the title can also mean, "Songs of the Good-for-Nothings.
Bankers and politicians helped to show that the Noughties wayoutwest Steve Dub in Carmarthen We learned that nothing could stop good-for-nothings who earn very large sums of money giving themselves enormous bonuses for doing what they're paid to do, whether they're any good or not.