look bad

look bad

1. To give the appearance of something that is or could be considered distasteful, undesirable, or improper. Will you please just come to the wedding with me? It will look bad if I show up on my own. I know you don't like having your time as a line cook on your résumé, but it looks bad to have such a large gap of time between jobs.
2. To indicate a likelihood of failure or difficulty; to not bode well for the future. Things are looking pretty bad for the company at the moment, between the recent failure of their latest product and allegations of money laundering being investigated by the FBI. I know it looks bad, but I can fix it before the deadline!
See also: bad, look

look ˈbad


not look ˈgood

1 (of behaviour) give a bad impression: It will look bad if you don’t go to the meeting.It doesn’t look good if you forget people’s names.
2 suggest probable failure, problems, etc: Things don’t look good for the economy at the moment.
See also: bad, look
References in classic literature ?
For it'll look bad when Justice Malam hears as respectable men like us had a information laid before 'em and took no steps.
Present appearances look bad for our success, but we must succeed and will
Why," said Martin, looking with sharper attention at Adam, "ye look bad.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who attended a White House meeting with other state law enforcement officials, told the news agency Trump said the bomb threats could have been an attempt "to make others look bad.
Hurtful to me that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try to make me look bad.
But apparently he feels his show is making him look bad and he is not happy about it.
In fact, if anyone has made the country look bad, all Norris needs to do is look in a mirror and ask the person standing in front of him what they were thinking for the past few decades.
And show bosses revealed it was almost impossible to make the actress look bad.
Manage-ment doesn't want to look bad to employees and employees don't want to look bad to management.
She told Britain's The Times newspaper: "I am never concerned if I have to look bad.
People have said I have a bad temperament but maybe I just do things a little too enthusiastically - for example a flying arm that may look bad when my intention wasn't bad," he said.
So he rails against intellectual superiors like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and to some extent, Sean Hannity because he has convinced himself that they make him look bad.
It makes you look bad and it makes the sport look bad.
The traditionally Catholic and devout Poles whose overt devotion makes lacklustre English Catholics look bad have been advised by the Cardinal to learn English and integrate better into local parishes in case they divide the Church "along ethnic lines".
But I am worried that if I leave after only two months, it will look bad on my CV.