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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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And for many decades Arizona has had both the most welcoming notion of standing and undisputedly the lousiest grazing program in the west.
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In February 1945 Dole was handed one of the war's lousiest assignments: replacement lieutenant for a combat unit.
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Anfinson, attorney and lobbyist for the Minnesota Newspaper Association and part-owner of a Minnesota weekly, told the crowd, "Journalists are the world's lousiest lobbyists.
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World's lousiest security staff allowed him on a fully boarded and locked aircraft.