turn up like a bad penny

turn up like a bad penny informal phrase
if someone who you do not like turns up like a bad penny, they always seem to appear in situations where you do not want them

Tom was the bad penny that always turned up.

Thesaurus: to arrive in a place, or to enter a placesynonym general words meaning to leave a placesynonym
Main entry: penny

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turn up like a bad ˈpenny idiom
(informal) (of a person) to appear when they are not welcome or not wanted, especially when this happens regularly
Main entry:pennyidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • turn up like a bad penny — informal if someone who you do not like turns up like a bad penny, they always seem to appear in situations where you do not want them Tom was the bad penny that always turned up …   English dictionary

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  • penny */*/ — UK [ˈpenɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms penny : singular penny plural pennies 1) a) Word forms penny : plural pence a small unit of money in the UK There are 100 pence in one pound A local call only costs a few pence. b) Word forms penny :… …   English dictionary

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