in a bad way


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in a bad way

1. Suffering physically or emotionally. I've been in a really bad way since the car accident. It's been nearly a month and I still can't get out of bed. I think Ashley really needs our help. She has been in a bad way ever since her mother died.
2. Functioning poorly or improperly. I tried smacking the TV, but it's in a bad way—the picture is still scrambled. I knew the car was in a bad way, but I didn't think it would just break down on my like that!
3. Struggling financially. The company used to be one of the biggest players in the industry, but it's been in a really bad way in recent years. I know their family has been in a bad way ever since Frank lost his job.
4. In a negative or critical manner or sense. Your paintings are all really familiar—not in a bad way, of course! I just mean that they remind me of experiences I've had. The sequel's plot differentiates it from its predecessory, but in a bad way.
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in a bad way

In trouble; also, deteriorating. For example, If he can't get that bank loan he'll be in a bad way, or The business is in a bad way, with profits declining every month. [Early 1800s]
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in a bad way

verb
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