Definition of to the bad in English:

to the bad

phrase

  • 1To ruin.

    ‘I hate to see you going to the bad’
    • ‘Then came the terrible film in which we were expected to believe that she was a well brought up English gal gone to the bad.’
    • ‘In many ways, Peter's is the classic story of a youngster who turned to the bad because he could not see any way forward.’
    • ‘The third key process I wish to identify is chiefly to the bad.’
    • ‘The husband, left with a ‘keen three-year-old baby’, went to the bad, took to opium, and died.’
    • ‘The Britain of this film is a vision of modernity gone to the bad.’
    • ‘He is, to put it a bit too flippantly, a snail geneticist gone to the bad.’
    • ‘It may be stretching the point, but I was reminded of the severed heads adorning the house of another exemplar of humanity gone to the bad.’
    • ‘‘I think I'd go to the bad very quickly,’ he says gravely.’
  • 2In deficit.

    ‘he was £80 to the bad’
    • ‘Defending their European Cup Winners' Cup, Ferguson's side emerged at Pittodrie two goals to the bad against Dosza of Hungary.’
    • ‘Now he shows up unannounced with his passive-aggressive Chinese flute at The Bride's wedding rehearsal, like Caine gone to the bad.’
    • ‘Against a Sale side lacking two noted match-winners in Robinson and Hodgson, Glasgow were soon eight points to the bad.’
    • ‘But when they finished the first half two points to the bad, after playing with the aid of a significant breeze, they were always unlikely to prevail.’
    • ‘For all Livingston's openings they were two to the bad after the hour mark.’
    • ‘Wessels, the South African, who had began the day at six under finished four shots to the bad.’
    • ‘At half-time, as they trudged off three goals to the bad, it looked like both a hiding and nothing.’
    • ‘As for a final round that he will start five shots to the bad, Monty was cautiously optimistic.’
    • ‘With one minute of normal time to elapse, Athlone were a goal to the bad.’