a bad egg

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a bad egg

"a bad egg"

someone who behaves in a bad or dishonest way


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a bad egg

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Are you going to vote for that man?

Friend 2:  Absolutely not.  He looks like a bad egg.

Friend 1:  I agree. He doesn't look trustworthy at all.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a bad egg

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Where are you going in such a hurry?

Friend 2:  I need to get to the police station. My daughter was caught stealing gasoline.

Friend 1:  I didn't think your daughter was a bad egg.

Friend 2:  She really is quite a good person. She can be quite kind and respectable. I think she started associating with some bad people.

Friend 1:  I'm sure it will all work out.

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a bad egg - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a bad egg.

a bad egg - Examples:

1)  ... is not that the boy himself is a bit of a bad egg, or that he does some terrible things, ...

2)  David Winnick, asked the obvious question: if Abu Qatada is such a bad egg, why not press charges and secure a sentence in court?

3)  And if he still is a bad egg, it won't take long before they see through any devious behaviour.

4)  ... he is ill-advised by those around him, or maybe he is just a bad egg.

5)  A person who can not be trusted is a bad egg.

6)  I don't want my son to be friends with Bobby Smith. Bobby's a bad egg

7)  Yes I know there is always a bad egg here and there but I'm so proud of my buddies in the pack.

8)  ... with educated young honest men with potential at the moment. When ever a bad egg is discovered he/she is got rid off.

9)  There could still be a bad egg among them and there is corruption everywhere even at the London MET ...

10)  ... could end up thinking that it would be more fun to be a bad egg rather than a Team Player because it attracts the attention of your fellow workers.

11)  ... there is always the odds of a bad egg when considering there are millions of capitalists ...

12)  ... which just goes to show that if you are a bad egg even English education won't turn you into a good egg ...

13)  ... responsible for something bad that has happened. President Mugabe is clearly a bad egg

14)  Meanwhile Pierce is getting himself into deeper trouble thanks to Emmet who is proving himself to be a bad egg once again.

15)  People write a lot of nonsense about myself and Gary, saying I am a bad egg and a bad trainer etc, ...

16)  ... they did everything they can on their end, but they happened to stumble on a bad egg who was unable to help them with their issues.

17)  If you meet a bad egg, blocking is easy — just burn down the house and run screaming to the nearest monastery.

18)  "He's been a bad egg since he got here,” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a pro-agribusiness Republican, said in a 2011 interview. “He's cheated the ...

19)  Benedict Arnold was a bad egg.

20)  Is Justin Bieber a bad egg? He's accused of pelting a neighbor's home with eggs and causing thousands of dollars' worth of damage.