turn up like a bad penny

turn up like a bad penny

To appear or return regularly, especially of a person or thing is unwelcome or objectionable. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of your conniving cousin—he always manages to turn up like a bad penny.
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turn up like a bad penny

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone or something turns up like a bad penny, they appear again when they are not welcome or wanted. Her husband was able to find her, to turn up again on her doorstep like a bad penny. Like a bad penny, the report has turned up again. Note: You often use this expression to indicate that the person or thing keeps appearing.
See also: bad, like, penny, turn, up

turn up like a bad penny

(of someone or something unwelcome) inevitably reappear or return.
A bad penny is a counterfeit coin which circulates rapidly as people try to pass it on to someone else.
See also: bad, like, penny, turn, up

turn up like a bad ˈpenny

(informal) appear when you are not welcome or not wanted, especially when this happens regularly: He turns up like a bad penny every time there’s a chance of a free meal or a drink.
See also: bad, like, penny, turn, up