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Awful; very poor in quality. I've always been lousy with spelling. I've just never cared enough to learn it properly. Wow, the food here is really lousy.

lousy with (something)

Having an abundance of something; having more of something than one needs or knows what to do with. We don't need another accountant—we're lousy with accountants! What we need is someone to overhaul our social media presence. My grandmother was obsessed with taxidermy, so her house was lousy with stuffed bodies of various animals.
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lousy with someone or something

Inf. having lots of someone or something. (Like an infestation of lice.) Old Mr. Wilson is lousy with money. Tiffany is lousy with jewels and furs, but she's got bad teeth.
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lousy with

Abundantly supplied, as in He's lousy with money. Like louse up, this expression alludes to being infested with lice. [First half of 1800s]
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mod. rotten; poor; bad. This mushy stuff is lousy. Do I have to eat it?

lousy with someone/something

mod. having lots of someone or something. (Like an infestation of lice.) Tiffany is lousy with jewels and furs, but she’s got bad teeth.
See also: lousy, someone, something
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Nutrient content of litter is determined by mineral content of foliar tissues and time and mode of deposition (Lousier & Parkinson 1976).
And the lousier your performance is back at the newspaper.
As the cost of our antisocial deviance, we worked at lousier jobs than our straight counterparts, lived in crummier homes, and made far less money.
What happens to the kids who are left behind in these lousy schools, which are bound to become even lousier?
Lousy morale and lousier circulation figures prove it.
Most likely, the actual dad is Vanessa's nasty former boyfriend, and Nash's character, Drew, was used to "protect" the lousebut, if that's the case, it makes Vanessa an even lousier character.
Not his day, service became lousier as game wore on
It is true that we all lose a sense of national pride and become more dependent on foreign suppliers for energy and goods, often produced for lousy wages in lousier conditions and with a dire impact on the environment.
Crime, squalor, and lousy schools scared away anyone with the money to leave, which led to more crime, worse squalor, and even lousier schools.
The more courts remain without judges, the fewer cases get heard, the more cases get dismissed and the lousier the decisions made.
Decomposition rates of aspen litter (Populus; Lousier and Parkinson 1976, Zlotin and Khodashova 1980, Bartos and DeByle 1981) and prairie grass litter (Abouguendia and Whitman 1979, Vossbrinck et al.
"The more democratic a university is, the lousier it is," said Silber, delicately explaining his educational philosophy a few years later in The New York Times.
The president's hand was dealt several years ago; it's a lousy one, and it's going to get lousier very soon.
Visser and Parkinson 1975, Mitchell and Parkinson 1976, Lousier and Parkinson 1984).