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louse American English Offensive

Meaning: an unpleasant or nasty person

For example:

  • That guy Brian is such a louse. He lied to his grandmother, saying he needed money for an operation, and then bought a sportscar.

  • You'd have to be a real louse to fire a worker because she got sick.

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

Quick Quiz:

People called Philip a louse because he
  1. helped people
  2. cheated people
  3. cured people

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