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deadbeatnoun [C]

uk   /ˈded.biːt/ us   /ˈded.biːt/ mainly US informal

deadbeatadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈded.biːt/ us   /ˈded.biːt/ mainly US informal
not willing to pay debts or accept responsibilities: 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 owes money 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   /ˈdedbiːt/ us   US informal
a person who tries to avoid paying money that they owe: I keep reminding my mortgage company 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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