good-for-nothing

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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.
References in classic literature ?
Why, he 's rich, and clever, and better than most of you good-for-nothing fellows.
One day he was in a very good humor, for he had made a mirror with the power of causing all that was good and beautiful when it was reflected therein, to look poor and mean; but that which was good-for-nothing and looked ugly was shown magnified and increased in ugliness.
you naughty, good-for-nothing man), that she would pardon you ANYTHING: and, indeed, I believe, the next place in her heart is mine: and that she would be miserable without me.
The show depicts them as a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings, and nothing could be further from the truth," he added.
After watching it, you might come to the conclusion that young people nowadays are just lazy good-for-nothings, milking the state, who are, for want of a better word, dull.
They might look like lazy good-for-nothings but people have a right to dress in whatever they choose - including pyjamas.
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.