deadbeat

英 ['dedbiːt] 美 ['dɛd'bit]
  • n. 游手好闲者;赖债不还的人;落魄者
  • adj. 非周期的;直进式的
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deadbeat 懒人,二流子

即被打的半死不活的,引申义懒人,二流子。

deadbeat (n.)
"worthless sponging idler," 1863, American English slang, perhaps originally Civil War slang, from dead (adj.) + beat. Earlier used colloquially as an adjectival expression to mean "completely beaten" (1821), and perhaps the base notion is of "worn out, good for nothing." It is noted in a British source from 1861 as a term for "a pensioner."
In England "dead beat" means worn out, used up. ... But here, "dead beat" is used, as a substantive, to mean a scoundrel, a shiftless, swindling vagabond. We hear it said that such a man is a beat or a dead beat. The phrase thus used is not even good slang. It is neither humorous nor descriptive. There is not in it even a perversion of the sense of the words of which it is composed. Its origin is quite beyond conjecture. ["Americanisms," in "The Galaxy," January 1878]
It also was used of a kind of regulating mechanism in pendulum clocks.
1. But do not get me wrong. My friend was not a deadbeat.
但不要误会我的意思, 我的朋友不是赖帐的人.

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2. Should a deadbeat dad's nonpayments go on his credit report?
一个不付赡养费的父亲的不付款记录应该放进信用报告 吗 ?

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3. That deadbeat never worked a day in his life.
那位懒虫终日游手好闲,一辈子也没工作一天.

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4. Everyone agreed that Mary's new boyfriend was nothing but a deadbeat.
大家都认为玛丽新交的男朋友是个游手好闲的家伙.

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5. Such before, in deadbeat heart dark boast air hostess is clever!
原来如此, 食客心里暗夸女服务员聪明!

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