to turn up like a bad penny




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - turn up like a bad penny

"to turn up like a bad penny"

to arrive at a place or event where you are not wanted

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - turn up like a bad penny

Two colleagues are talking during a break at a conference ...

Colleague 1:  Look who's here.

Colleague 2: You've got to be kidding me. It's that government tax auditor again. I understand him coming to the office but what's he doing at our conference?

Colleague 1:  He is looking for evidence of wrongdoing, I guess.

Colleague 2:  I wish he would stop turning up like a bad penny.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - turn up like a bad penny

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I don't see Ned here. There's free food isn't there?

Friend 2:  Ned was not invited. He is loud and abrasive and always makes a scene.

Friend 1:  But if there is free food involved and Ned knows he is not wanted, you can be sure that he will turn up like a bad penny.





to turn up like a bad penny - Usage:

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to turn up like a bad penny - Gerund Form:

Turning up like a bad penny, the loud and obnoxious friend always arrives for the free food.



to turn up like a bad penny - Examples:

1)  ... they are asked to leave they intimidate patrons and workers, damage property and turn up like a bad penny, week-end in and week-end out!

2)  International Break is quite possibly the bane of all our existences, but it continues to turn up like a bad penny.

3)  She has a history of announcing that she is never coming back to this site only to turn up like a bad penny.

4)  ... Michelle “turns up like a bad penny” at historically black commencement ceremonies where she attempts to stir up racial divisiveness and ...

5)  The idea of an ABC-SBS merger has been around since 1986 and it turns up like a bad penny in times when the public broadcasters are ...

6)  Gaynor said: “Megan turns up like a bad penny, so it was quite strange to have to do this big drunken spiel in front of her! She met us all ...

7)  He is given a run for his money by Paul Moriarty's sozzled, bankrupt idealist who turns up like a bad penny

8)  Then, in 2014, he turned up like a bad penny, this time in a federal indictment for allegedly using someone else's credit card to “pay for food, ...

9)  ... and turned up like a bad penny at every crucial meeting, jirga, or council in modern Afghan history (to the consternation of most right-thinking ...

10)  For some of us involved in open source legal matters, Douglas Crockford's JSON license keeps turning up like a bad penny

11)  ... like turkey? or Uncle Ralph, who keeps turning up, like a bad penny? — Americans are cudgeling their brains for reasons to feel gratitude.

12)  Trump has been turning up like a bad penny for years, but now that he's a major contender for the highest office in the land, he is utterly ...

13)  Here's a story that keeps turning up like a bad penny: more talk on No Man's Sky refunds.

14)  ... among pigeons” and “dangerous” — simply because I keep turning up like a bad penny at industry conferences and drawing the attention of ...

15)  These type of guys keep turning up like a bad penny.

16)  Despite parting ways with Canadian television, O'Leary keeps turning up like a bad penny. And he still gets media attention. Lots of it — which ...

17)  ... weaselly President Logan was the most loathsome, a duplicitous worm who kept turning up like a bad penny. Even suicide didn't stop him.

18)  Ershad lost control over the pedals of power in 1990, yet all these years he kept turning up like a bad penny. We know he is eagerly waiting for ...

19)  Yet it keeps turning up, like a bad penny, and when it does, those empty pages are filled with horrifying descriptions of exactly what Mr. ...

20)  There she is in the back of the car parked at the prison; there she is again in Ray's office; and so on, turning up like a bad penny but always ...