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a nasty wallop

A severe and powerful blow, which may be either dealt or received. I got a really nasty wallop from a two-by-four on the construction site last week. His left hook can deal a nasty wallop if he catches you with it.
See also: nasty, wallop

be a nasty piece of work

To be a difficult or disagreeable person or thing. Primarily heard in UK. His secretary is a nasty piece of work, always snapping at people for no reason. I know you're not excited about this family vacation, but please, don't be a nasty piece of work the whole time.
See also: nasty, of, piece, work

nasty woman

A liberal-minded woman. The phrase became a rallying cry and self-identifier for supporters of Hillary Clinton after Donald Trump referred to Clinton as "such a nasty woman" during a 2016 presidential debate. If I'm a "nasty woman" because I believe in equal rights for women, then so be it!
See also: nasty, woman

cheap and nasty

Inexpensive and poorly constructed. Don't buy anything from that shop unless you're OK with it breaking—everything they sell is cheap and nasty.
See also: and, cheap, nasty

a nasty piece of work

If someone is a nasty piece of work, they are very unpleasant. What about the husband, then? He's a real nasty piece of work. Note: Sometimes people use bit instead of piece, or use another adjective instead of nasty. He was a killer and a conman — an all-round nasty bit of work. She was a dreadful piece of work and anyone with eyes could have seen that.
See also: nasty, of, piece, work


mod. nasty. I want out of this shag-nasty mess.
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The participants displayed considerable enterprise, creativity and ingenuity in their attempts to avoid this fate--and, at times, jaw-dropping degrees of nastiness.
Meanwhile, Harry, tortured by nightmares of a returning Lord Voldemort, receives aid and mentoring from Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody (Brendan Gleeson), the new Defense Against the Dark Arts instructor, and struggles to prove his mettle in a series of increasingly dangerous and deadly challenges that take him into the very lair of his archnemesis, played by Ralph Fiennes with a nastiness we haven't seen since Schindler's List.
Sensitivity is certainly a better organizing--and fund-raising--tactic than nastiness.
But occasionally women claim the icky green spotlight to strut their nastiness.
You would not know the measure of nastiness I had to put up with from a member of the clergy of the diocese of Ottawa when I had to arrange my parent's funeral last year.
The idea of Stewart as a controlling influence is an inspired piece of nastiness, her current predicament adding a happy little stab of schadenfreude to Vruwink's work and casting an interesting light on "Possessed" as a whole, tinting the obsessions of the past with a rosy nostalgia.
You might not like the nastiness of 'Liars' but if you want to learn the facts about the politically active right wing media, it is a great source of information.
In the end he finds the courage to stand up to Daniel's truly dangerous nastiness.
But none of the nastiness or hysteria in Treason is new.
Mr Iles said: 'This was gratuitous nastiness deliberately done and an act of bullying'.
Part of Bill C-13's nastiness is the erroneous scientific language it uses, leading laymen and women to think that it pro hi bits research when in fact it doesn't, leading them to think that it prohibits cloning when it really allows ha If a dozen different methods of cloning.
Let us understand that class formation is not, ultimately, local, and that it takes place on large regional, national, and global canvasses, in which the often prettified particular needs always to be considered alongside the balance of niceness and nastiness that comprised the general.
Then, too, a bit of nastiness perpetrated by Serbs--a minor bit, by present-day standards, involving the murder of just two people, who happened to be the Hapsburg crown prince and his wife--provoked a mighty urge to punish.
The heavy breathing begins with his depiction of Microsoft as generally hated--as, in his terms, "the apparent apotheosis of crude, ruthless, business power" and later as "the handy villain" His book then becomes a "revisionist view" set against the misguided popular opinion of Microsoft as the epitome of corporate nastiness.
There are also selections that show nastiness (read "A Lunatic or a Traitor" on Marcus Garvey), naivete ("Socialism and the Negro Problem," in which he praises the dictator Stalin) and contrition ("Talented Tenth: A Memorial Address," in which he recants his naive, elitist idea for the uplifting of the race).