One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An unpleasant or untrustworthy person.‘if you ask me he's a nasty piece of work’
- ‘He was a nasty piece of work and generally was avoided by the other prisoners who knew his reputation.’
- ‘He is a nasty piece of work, and has to go, but there must be other ways to sort this out.’
- ‘Altogether a nasty piece of work, but a delight to get into the head of and write.’
- ‘She is a nasty piece of work and people used to give her a very wide berth.’
- ‘A womaniser, unfaithful, just a nasty piece of work.’
- ‘Until last week he was out on parole, having served more than half of a seven-year sentence for being a nasty piece of work.’
- ‘Your behaviour makes it clear that you are a nasty piece of work who abuses those who love you in order to get what you want.’
- ‘Don't rely on Lady Fortune: I know her well, and she can be a nasty piece of work at times!’
- ‘He's widely known to be a nasty piece of work and I hope he gets long suspension.’
- ‘Convention says that the Florentine civil servant, power-broker and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli, was a nasty piece of work.’
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