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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

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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 ?
If the thought that things looked bad chanced to enter anyone's head, he tried to be as cheerful as befits a good soldier and not to think of the general trend of affairs, but only of the task nearest to hand.
The two friends who had watched him, more amused by the professional manner than suspicious of Mr Julius Handford, inquired before taking their departure too whether he believed there was anything that really looked bad here?
Despite differences in opinion, a number of netizens agreed on one thing: Walt Disney World's animatronic Trump looked bad.
IF Manchester City effectively forfeiting their FA Cup tie at Chelsea looked bad on Sunday, imagine how desperate it will appear if Manuel Pellegrini's side fail to defeat Dynamo Kiev.
Don't give me 'feather duster' air-cushioned whips not causing pain or injury - it really looked bad before.
"It looked bad when I woke up the next morning, but I am fine and in the squad for today's match at Doncaster Rovers."
Police said the accident looked bad, but thanks to a quick response by emergency personnel, both women were given the best chances of recovery.
It had initially looked bad when Montgomerie teed off into a bunker on the first extra hole and Warren sent his approach shot into another bunker close to the flag.
She said: "Last year we were at death's door and it looked bad, but now things are really looking up for the club.
"Nicky will have a scan, but it looked bad. We will know more in a few days time," said Allardyce.
But while Baros admits the tackle looked bad on televi-sion, there was no malice intended.
Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation says that the system looked bad last year and probably will look worse this year.
The Army finally decided that it looked bad to have Watkins in the ranks when so many other gay and lesbian servicemembers were getting kicked out, so they tried to discharge him, four years short of retirement.
The omens looked bad for Derby but the 10 Rams resisted all Leeds' pressure and claimed a share of the points with Kinkladze's equaliser.
Though the impurities were an infinitesimal proportion of the material and did not normally affect the actual use of the materials, it looked bad to our customers and that made it unacceptable.