a bad penny

idi someone or something undesirable

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Bad Penny (TV series) — Bad Penny was a CBBC sitcom written by English comedy writer Dean Wilkinson. It ran for two series (13 episodes) from 2003 to 2004.It starred CBBC presenter Anne Foy as the happy and sweet, yet troubled, Penny Dreadful, who was constantly trying… …   Wikipedia

  • Bad Penny (song) — Bad Penny is a song by blues guitarist Rory Gallagher, which appeared on his 1979 album, Top Priority.Bad Penny is mainly based on a three chord pattern, starting in D minor, except for the chorus.The song was played live multiple times, and was… …   Wikipedia

  • Bad Penny Blues — Infobox Single Name = Bad Penny Blues Artist = Humphrey Lyttelton And His Band from Album = B side = Close Your Eyes Released = 1956 Format = 10 78 rpm Single + 7 45 rpm Single Recorded = April 20, 1956, IBC Studios, London Genre = trad jazz… …   Wikipedia

  • bad penny — noun a) A counterfeit or damaged penny. Felix Marchandll have much money bad penny as he is, continued Christine in her normal voice. b) A person or thing which is unpleasant, disreputable, or otherwise unwanted, especially one which repeatedly… …   Wiktionary

  • bad penny — /bæd ˈpɛni/ (say bad penee) noun Colloquial someone or something unwanted that seems to be constantly returning: he kept turning up in Darwin like a bad penny …   Australian English dictionary

  • bad penny — worthless coin …   English contemporary dictionary

  • a bad penny always turns up — The proverb, also used allusively in simile and metaphor (see quot. 1766), refers to the predictable, and usually unwelcome, return of a disreputable or prodigal person after some absence. 1766 A. ADAMS in L. H. Butterfield et al. Adams Family… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • turn up like a bad penny — informal phrase if someone who you do not like turns up like a bad penny, they always seem to appear in situations where you do not want them Tom was the bad penny that always turned up. Thesaurus: to arrive in a place, or to enter a placesynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn up like a bad penny —    If someone turns up like a bad penny, they go somewhere where they are not wanted.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If someone turns up like a bad penny, they appear at a place or event where they are not welcome or not wanted.     I… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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