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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. 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. This virus is a nasty piece of work. It's already infected millions of users.
See also: nasty, of, piece, work

a nasty piece of work

A difficult or disagreeable person or thing. 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. This virus is a nasty piece of work. It's already infected millions of users.
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. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. 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

get nasty

To become unpleasant or troublesome. I didn't know they had a problem with each other until things got nasty and resulted in a screaming match at my dinner party.
See also: get, nasty

turn nasty

To become unpleasant or troublesome. I didn't know they had a problem with each other until things turned nasty and resulted in a screaming match at my dinner party.
See also: nasty, turn

leave a nasty taste in (one's) mouth

To give one a negative impression (based on something that has already happened). I don't know, man, the fact that he lied to you just leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. The way they conducted the interview left me with a nasty taste in my mouth. I don't think I'd accept the job even if they offered it.
See also: leave, mouth, nasty, taste

leave a nasty taste in the mouth

To give one a negative impression (based on something that has already happened). I don't know, man, the fact that he lied to you just leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. The way they conducted the interview left a nasty taste in the mouth. I don't think I'd accept the job even if they offered it.
See also: leave, mouth, nasty, taste

something nasty in the woodshed

Something illicit, immoral, illegal, or scandalous that is kept secret or hidden away from public sight. A line taken from Stella Gibbon's 1933 novel Cold Comfort Farm, in which a character discusses "something nasty in the woodshed" she witnessed as a child. Primarily heard in UK. With multiple reports of abuse coming to light, it certainly seems there is something nasty in the woodshed at the hospice care center. While the film initially presents him as a kindly old man, it begins hinting that there's something nasty in the woodshed lurking behind his benevolent demeanor.

shag-nasty

slang Particularly nasty or disgusting. The room they gave us was shag-nasty, but it was already 1 AM and there wouldn't be another motel for several hours at least. Judging by the shag-nasty gunk that came out of their engine, I'd say they haven't changed the oil in years.

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

cheap and nasty

of low cost and bad quality. British
See also: and, cheap, nasty

a nasty piece (or bit) of work

an unpleasant or untrustworthy person. informal
See also: nasty, of, piece, work

something nasty in the woodshed

a shocking or distasteful thing kept secret. British informal
This expression is taken from Stella Gibbons 's comic novel Cold Comfort Farm ( 1933 ), in which Aunt Ada Doom's dominance over her family is maintained by constant references to her having seen something nasty in the woodshed in her youth. The details of the experience are never explained.

cheap and ˈnasty

(informal) something that is cheap and nasty does not cost a lot and is of poor quality and not very attractive or pleasant: The furniture was cheap and nasty.
See also: and, cheap, nasty

get/turn ˈnasty


1 become threatening and violent: You’d better do what he says or he’ll turn nasty.
2 become bad or unpleasant: It looks as though the weather is going to turn nasty again.
See also: get, nasty, turn

a nasty piece of ˈwork

(British English, informal) a very unpleasant and dangerous person: Keep away from Bill Smith — he’s a very nasty piece of work.The factory manager was a nasty piece of work. We were all terrified of him.
See also: nasty, of, piece, work

cut up ˈrough/ˈnasty

(informal) behave or react in an angry, bad-tempered or violent way: I didn’t want to ask Joe for money, but Billy had cut up rough when I couldn’t pay him back.
See also: cut, nasty, rough, up

leave a bad/nasty ˈtaste in the/your mouth

(of an experience) make you feel angry, bitter, or disgusted: The idea that the money had been stolen from her sick mother left a nasty taste in the mouth.When you see someone being treated so unkindly, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
See also: bad, leave, mouth, nasty, taste

shag-nasty

mod. nasty. I want out of this shag-nasty mess.
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Until we get some decency and manners into our television output, then such nastiness will continue.
Speaking at the IGN convention in Abu Dhabi, Gleeson, 23, admitted that some of the character's on-screen nastiness was "embarrassing, but you got to do what you got to do".
I feel so sad at the amount of nastiness and vile comments that I'm hearing from both Everton and Liverpool supporters, and it's getting worse!
How come in this supposed age of love thy neighbour, politics has reached afebrile peak of nastiness? If you characterise each decade by its excesses you've got the 60s with sex and free love, the 70s with dope, the alcohol and greed of the 80s and heroin in the 90s.
It is another example of the meanness and the nastiness that are becoming more and more evident in our society.
But a wedding is all about the bride and Laura, who's utterly unbearable at the best of times, hits new heights of narcissism and nastiness on her big day.
In the realm of computerized nastiness, social outcasts in high school largely escape the fray, Felmlee said.
As for vicious human attacking dogs being 'automatically dispatched so that there is no recurrence and it cannot pass on its nastiness to its progeny' who was it that made the dog nasty in the first place?
And while the Luis Suarez/Patrice Evra spat is a separate issue (and a dangerous one to comment on without possession of all the facts), there is certainly an element of nastiness which follows football around these days.
COMEDIAN Michael Mc-Intyre has told how a career-capping night of triumph descended into "nastiness" which left him feeling wretched at an awards event.
Wanting to help preteen girls break through the usual negative cycle of rumor-spreading and nastiness, school counselor Amy Dunne developed an empowering class called Chicks and Cliques, the Washington Post reports.
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.