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A bad penny always turns up

Meaning: Nasty or bad people have a habit of showing up or returning.

Note: penny (noun): coin of small value (one hundredth of a British pound or one hundredth of a US dollar) | turn up (verb): be found (especially by chance); appear; arrive | "bad penny" literally means a "bent penny", but in this saying it figuratively means a "bad person"

Quick Quiz:

If "a bad penny always turns up", a bad person always
  1. reappears
  2. disappears
  3. turns good

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