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deadbeat dad American English

Meaning: a father who doesn't pay child support regularly

For example:

  • Ted started drinking and then his wife left him. Now he isn't giving her the money to look after their kids, so he's a typical deadbeat dad.

  • I'm sure no-one wants to be a deadbeat dad, but sometimes people get into trouble and end up doing things they never imagined they'd do.

Variety: This slang is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Trevor hates being a deadbeat dad, so he's trying to get a job so that he can
  1. buy a new sports car
  2. pay child support for his kids
  3. take his girlfriend on a holiday

Discuss: deadbeat dad

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