bad thing


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bad thing

A euphemism for any dread disease, popularly equated to cancer.
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It would not be a bad thing for her to be very much in love with a proper object.
"It would indeed be a bad thing if we had not our brave archers to bring wealth and kindly customs into the country," quoth Dame Eliza, on whom the soldier's free and open ways had made a deep impression.
it would be a bad thing if I could not muster many a Hamptonshire man who would be ready to strike in under the red flag of St.
I had certainly been flushed with wine when I left Rattray; it would be no bad thing for him to hear that I had arrived quite tipsy at the cottage; should he discover I had been near an hour on the way, here was my explanation cut and dried.
"Ah, well, it's the only bad thing I know of either of you, Mistress Blythe.
"Bad words were made for bad things," said Ginger, and she told him what Sir Oliver had said.
It was the abuse of impunity by the side of the abuse of punishment; two bad things which strove to correct each other.
And when one giveth the blind man eyes, then doth he see too many bad things on the earth: so that he curseth him who healed him.
"I've seen bad things in my time; but nothing as bad as this.
Shirking and sharking in all their many varieties have been sown broadcast by the ill-fated cause; and even those who have contemplated its history from the outermost circle of such evil have been insensibly tempted into a loose way of letting bad things alone to take their own bad course, and a loose belief that if the world go wrong it was in some off-hand manner never meant to go right.
'It is definitely a bad thing that Russia has welcomed the establishment of the RS Commission to investigate war crimes in Srebrenica and Sarajevo.
"Now, I don't see it as a bad thing if someone comes out and says, 'I'm coming for the money' because it's his decision and we're not there to judge these decisions.