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bad penny

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbad pennybad pennyBritish EnglishDIFFICULT someone or something that causes trouble and is difficult to avoid 🔊 Sure enough, Steve turned up like the proverbial bad penny (=suddenly appeared). bad
Examples from the Corpus
bad pennyI took long breaks away from training and would then reappear like the proverbial bad penny, as if I had never been away.
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