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a nasty piece (or bit) of work

Definition of a nasty piece or bit of work in English:

British informal An unpleasant or untrustworthy person: if you ask me he’s a nasty piece of work
More example sentences
  • She is a nasty piece of work and people used to give her a very wide berth.
  • He is a nasty piece of work, and has to go, but there must be other ways to sort this out.
  • A womaniser, unfaithful, just a nasty piece of work.
informalbeast, toad, pig, swine, rat, creep, bastard, louse, snake, skunk, dog, weasel, lowlife, scumbag, heel, stinkpot, stinker, bad lot, no-good, son of a bitch, s.o.b.
Scottish informalscrote
Irish informalspalpeen
North American informalrat fink, fink, schmuck
Australian informaldingo
New Zealand informalkuri
informal, , datedrotter, hound, bounder, cad, blighter
black Englishrass
vulgar slangshit, sod, prick
archaicblackguard, dastard, knave, varlet, whoreson
See parent entry: nasty

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