One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dishonest or unprincipled man.
- ‘The Regiment had to stay alert during this period as there were rumors of badmashes along the way.’
- ‘Among the former were some who inhabited the twilight zone between legality and illegality, provoking the image of the Muslim badmashes (rogue-criminals).’
- ‘Recently, the role has been expanded, asking for NATO troops to sally forth and actively pursue badmashes, bandits and holdover terrorists elsewhere.’
- ‘Displaying spontaneity, he assured the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister - who he said thinks he was a ‘big badmash’ - that he would not take off his shirt.’
- ‘And the visitor would sheepishly admit both, his rascality and his obedience, by saying: ‘We are sarkari badmashes.’’
From Urdu, from Persian bad ‘evil’ + Arabic ma‘āš ‘means of livelihood’.
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