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"deadbeat" in British English

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deadbeatnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈded.biːt/ mainly US informal
a ​person who is not ​willing to ​work, does not ​behave in a ​responsible way, and does not ​fit into ​ordinarysociety: He's a real deadbeat who's never had a ​properjob. [as form of address] Come off it, deadbeat, you're never going to get ​anywhere. a ​person or ​company that is not ​willing to ​paydebts or ​acceptresponsibility

deadbeatadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈded.biːt/ mainly US informal
not ​willing to ​paydebts or ​acceptresponsibilities: The new ​law is ​aimed at deadbeat ​landlords who ​owe $22 million.
(Definition of deadbeat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deadbeat" in American English

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deadbeatnoun [C]

 us   /ˈded·bit/
someone who ​owesmoney and does not ​pay it, or someone who ​avoids doing ​work
(Definition of deadbeat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deadbeat" in Business English

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deadbeatnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈdedbiːt/ US informal
a ​person who ​tries to ​avoidpayingmoney that they ​owe: I ​keep reminding my ​mortgagecompany that I'm not a deadbeat.
deadbeat
adjective [before noun]
The water ​company has threatened to ​shut off the ​supply to deadbeat ​customers who ​refuse to ​pay their ​bills.
(Definition of deadbeat from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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