a bad penny always turns up

a bad penny always turns up proverb someone or something unwelcome will always reappear.
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  • a bad penny always turns up — The proverb, also used allusively in simile and metaphor (see quot. 1766), refers to the predictable, and usually unwelcome, return of a disreputable or prodigal person after some absence. 1766 A. ADAMS in L. H. Butterfield et al. Adams Family… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • turn up like a bad penny — informal phrase if someone who you do not like turns up like a bad penny, they always seem to appear in situations where you do not want them Tom was the bad penny that always turned up. Thesaurus: to arrive in a place, or to enter a placesynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn up like a bad penny — informal if someone who you do not like turns up like a bad penny, they always seem to appear in situations where you do not want them Tom was the bad penny that always turned up …   English dictionary

  • penny — ► NOUN (pl. pennies (for separate coins); pence (for a sum of money)) 1) a British bronze coin worth one hundredth of a pound. 2) a former British coin worth one twelfth of a shilling and 240th of a pound. 3) N. Amer. informal a one cent coin. ●… …   English terms dictionary

  • penny — see a penny saved is a penny earned penny wise and pound foolish a bad penny always turns up in for a penny, in for a pound no penny, no paternoster take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • bad — see a bad excuse is better than none bad money drives out good bad news travels fast a bad penny always turns up bad things come in threes there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes …   Proverbs new dictionary

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  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

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