to come to a bad end

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - come to a bad end

"to come to a bad end"

to have a bad outcome


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - come to a bad end

"to come to a bad end"

to die in an unexpected or unpleasant way


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - come to a bad end

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I'm really worried about my son.

Friend 2:  What's happening?

Friend 1:  He has started spending time with some really bad people and I think he is getting involved with criminal activity.

Friend 2:  That doesn't sound good.  There can't be a good outcome to that.

Friend 1:  No, I think that my son will end up in jail.

Friend 2:  We wouldn't want the situation to come to such a bad end.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - come to a bad end

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you heard about Kevin? He had a really bad accident on his motorcycle.

Friend 2:  Is he OK?

Friend 1:  I'm sorry to say that he died.

Friend 2:  Kevin was always so careful on his motorcycle. It's terrible that he came to a bad end.

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to come to a bad end - Gerund Form:

Coming to a bed end, the business was dissolved.

Coming to a bad end was always the fate of his rebellious and wayward son.

to come to a bad end - Examples:

1)  Generally, they all come to a bad end, most often Mr. Frog is swallowed by a black snake.

2)  ... that he shouldn't have a really good character come to a bad end. A tragic figure has got to be a mixed character.

3)  They see me approach and they know they are going to come to a bad end. # The charred blackness is on the horizon.

4)  ... a dissolute character and drunkard whom he knew would come to a bad end.

5)  Those who do not lose hope and faith in life can never come to a bad end.

6)  In the real world attempts at prophecy always come to a bad end.

7)  Everywhere on Tempest, people come to a bad end, often quite grotesquely, being strangled, stabbed, garroted and drowned.

8)  ... something will fall down on you, and you will come to a bad end.

9)  If that boy doesn't change his ways, he'll come to a bad end.

10)  ... and the one who dies in misdeeds, he will come to a bad end.

11)  ... and worse still if it's mean, you will come to a bad end.

12)  ... we are now very much sadder, lets hope you have not come to a bad end.

13)  ... to shake their heads at his behaviour and say that he'd come to a bad end.

14)  ... economy that was based on borrowing and spending. That had to come to a bad end no matter what happened with oil prices.

15)  I will ever not stop to help. If someday I come to a bad end because of it, well, stuff happens.

16)  And many who have come to a bad end, have owned that their wicked courses began ...

17)  ... came out of retirement to chortle that he always knew Paterno would come to a bad end, and recounted the outrage he felt in 1985 when Paterno didn't tell ...

18)  ... learn to distinguish between inquisitiveness and credulity. Those who do either come to a bad end or become professional skeptics.

19)  Only a few people warned that this supercharged financial system might come to a bad end.

20)  She'd always expected to come to a bad end -- her father was a thief, after all, and she'd had ...