Meaning: a father who doesn't pay child support regularly
- 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 is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Trevor hates being a deadbeat dad, so he's trying to get a job so that he can
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Contributor: Matt Errey