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1. To be distasteful, undesirable, or improper in appearance. 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 not bode well for the future; to indicate failure or difficulty. 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!
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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.
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One in five employees blamed pressure from bosses or a fear of looking bad as reasons for arriving early and leaving late.
Although I couldn't locate a formal phobia name for it, I believe that the fear of looking bad is the most powerful and debilitating emotion in our business environment today.
New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Penelope Cruz has said that she does not really care if she is looking bad in a film, as long as it fits the character she is playing.
NEIL ROBERTS: Just when things were looking bad, up pops local lad Robbo to put one away and keep Wrexham out of the relegation places.
Somewhere in that range is room for a man who risks looking bad on two injured legs and winds up hitting a home run that sets a town aglow in red brake lights.
It's skaters wanting to look good looking bad, and it is a terribly good marketing ploy.
Strange as many of Pat's comments are, he's not looking bad for 76.
The first award of the evening, George Clooney's for supporting actor in ``Syriana,'' taught me that being handsome, charming, politically correct and looking bad for a movie role were all deserving things.
THINGS are looking bad for TRFC at the moment but I think that Brian Little is the man to turn it around - we are lucky to have a manager of his calibre.
If it's looking bad the next few days, hand it to Tomjanovich, who did caution that incorporating nine new members into a 15-man roster while installing a new offense will constitute an on-going ``process.
Far from looking bad or distracting, this effect simply enhances the story's dream-nightmare quality.
Zine, former Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle traffic cop and a former vice president of the Choir Boys - he rides a 2002 Harley touring bike - said the contrast between the persistent public image of biker- looking bad boys and the image of the supporters of a battered women's shelter appealed to him.
The plain truth, one-time Laker Tom Hawkins has said, is more players than not don't want the basketball in tight spots, their fear of looking bad overriding their driving ambition.
After looking bad in three at-bats against Brown, striking out twice, Velarde homered off Borbon, tying the game at 6.
I refused to even see ``The First Wives Club'' (thank God) and just recently walked out of ``The Mirror Has Two Faces,'' not because of Barbara Streisand's fear of looking bad, but because it was a very dull and uninteresting movie.