bad form


bad form
bad form
Good or recognized, or bad or unaccepted, social usage
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bad form UK US noun [uncountable] british old-fashioned
behaviour that people do not like because it breaks a social rule
Thesaurus: morally bad or wrong behavioursynonym

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n. an offense against current social conventions

it was considered bad form to talk about money


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • bad form — /bæd ˈfɔm/ (say bad fawm) noun a breach of good manners or the accepted code of behaviour …   Australian English dictionary

  • bad form — 1. noun Behaviour which is contrary to social expectations. Ant: good form 2. adjective rude; inappropriate …   Wiktionary

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  • bad form —  Manners, habits, conventions, not conforming to those of polite society …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • in bad form — {adv. phr.} Violating social custom or accepted behavior. * /When Bob went to the opera in blue jeans and without a tie, his father in law told him that it was in bad form./ Contrast: IN GOOD FORM …   Dictionary of American idioms