keep bad company

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keep bad company

To spend time with unsavory people. You are keeping some bad company these days, Bill, and if you get arrested, I am not bailing you out! Sure, my mom thinks that I've started keeping bad company, but my new friends are just so much fun!
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get into/keep bad ˈcompany

be friends with people that others disapprove of: I’m worried about Joe — I think he’s getting into bad company.
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References in classic literature ?
The result is that the young man, hearing and seeing all these thing-- hearing too, the words of his father, and having a nearer view of his way of life, and making comparisons of him and others--is drawn opposite ways: while his father is watering and nourishing the rational principle in his soul, the others are encouraging the passionate and appetitive; and he being not originally of a bad nature, but having kept bad company, is at last brought by their joint influence to a middle point, and gives up the kingdom which is within him to the middle principle of contentiousness and passion, and becomes arrogant and ambitious.
He never kept bad company, so we just have no idea why this has happened.
In an emotional interview with Malcolm and those closest to him we hear how he was tempted to drink heavily and kept bad company from a relatively young age as a footballer.
Opening his heart for an S4C documentary bring broadcast next month, the 47-year-old, says he drank heavily and kept bad company from a relatively young age as a footballer.
She was at loggerheads with Raghuveer because the latter kept bad company and was addicted to alcohol and drugs.
Aguero's dad kept bad company in Eucalyptus, creating constant problems for both Rambert and Gonzalez.
Born in Chicago in 1929, he soon kept bad company, including childhood friend and adult mobster Tony Spilotro.
Their mammy was always legless, stoned or both and kept bad company.
In choosing former Free frontman Paul Rodgers, the bluesy rock legend who kept Bad Company, Queen survivors Brian May and Roger Taylor have opted for an altogether earthier approach.