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deadbeat

noun [C] uk   /ˈded.biːt/ mainly US informal us  
a person who is not willing to work, does not behave in a responsible way, and does not fit into ordinary society: He's a real deadbeat who's never had a proper job. [as form of address] Come off it, deadbeat, you're never going to get anywhere. a person or company that is not willing to pay debts or accept responsibility

deadbeat

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈded.biːt/ mainly US informal us  
not willing to pay debts or accept responsibilities: The new law is aimed at deadbeat landlords who owe $22 million.
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