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deadbeat

noun [C]     /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 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 .Laziness and lazy peopleAvoiding action a person or company that is not willing to pay debts or accept responsibility Poverty and poorBorrowers and lenders
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