Bad Lands

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Bad Lands an eroded and barren region in southwestern South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bad lands Barren regions, especially in the western United States, where horizontal strata (Tertiary deposits) have been often eroded into fantastic forms, and much intersected by caƱons, and where lack of wood, water, and forage increases the difficulty of traversing the country, whence the name, first given by the Canadian French, Mauvaises Terresbad lands).
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Quotations

  • Philip James Bailey
    Philip James Bailey
    “America, thou half-brother of the world; with something good and bad of every land.”

Usage

In literature:

Abruptly the ridged bad-lands about them began to vibrate.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
These prejudices used to be particularly strong in me in bad weather, when heavy clouds hung over the black plough-lands.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
Once well into the Bad Lands, he was as effectually lost as if the earth had opened and swallowed him.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
Out in the bad lands a troop of horsemen moved slowly forward, detached bodies scouring the innumerable hogbacks for signs of their prey.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
The Bad Lands were maintaining their title.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Rampant at that bad call, a Vandal-band Harass, and harm, and ransack Wallach-land!
"Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853" by Various
When they are badly matched, the land owned by the weaker is selected for the scene of the contest.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
Where bad people live, there the land gradually grows bad by the curse of God.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The great disadvantage of the rigid type has hitherto been that in bad weather the airship cannot land.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
It had been a bad evening, he said, and the vessel he sailed in, and a sloop, her companion, were pressing hard to gain the land.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
If they could only have visited the Holy Land before he left, it would not have seemed so bad.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
If nature takes the matter into her own hand, well; if not, one bad harvest irretrievably lands him in famine.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
I landed on the rockets and didn't know how badly she was hit.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Their only bad moment would come in landing.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Times are bad, and this vast land is now convulsed with the birth throes of democracy.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
It had seemed to her, ever since the terrible holocaust of a few months before, as if the Bad Lands had moved eastward upon them.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Three services, the worst that a man can serve: serving a bad woman, a bad lord, and bad land.
"Ancient Irish Poetry" by Various
They called it the Bad Lands.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
Here they landed, with bad luck.
"Tales of Troy and Greece" by Andrew Lang
It's pretty bad country in these parts for forced landing, you know, sir.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
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In poetry:

There weren't no sea, tho' thegale was stiff --
Heave ho, me hearties!
When this mad ole, bad ole dry land skiff
Is a total loss in 'arf a jiff -
Heave ho, me hearties!
"A Land Shanty" by C J Dennis
He said: "May this false land know no truth!
May the good hearts die and the bad ones flourish,
And a greed of glory but live to nourish
Envy and hate in its restless youth.
"The Curse Of Hungary" by John Hay
It was up in the Bad Lands, I was rangin' alone,
I first heard of this cayuse, The Ridge Runnin' Roan.
He was fleet as a deer and as tough as a mule,
Pretty as a picture and nobody's fool.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
So has she lived beside her lake
The good and bad years thro';
Till man-made streams now flow to slake
Her thirsty earth anew,
And man's unconquered will has planned
New life for this unstable land.
"Country Towns - Boort" by C J Dennis
But you need not be lost, all people are not bad,
The Lord has servants good, as He has ever had;
They'll find you in your grief, and lend a helping hand,
And point the road that leads up to the "Better Land."
"Advice To An Ambitious Youth" by John Henry Kimble
But the bad prince trembled when he heard that Clice had come,
Because the British at the charge of the bayonet made his army run;
And the bad prince was killed by one of his own band,
And the British fortunately got all his land.
"A Summary History of Lord Clive" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Bad weather forced the plane carrying Vice President Joe Biden to delay landings twice on Tuesday.
Bad weather caused Air Force 2 to delay NC landing.
Syria is too vast to invade, and another land war in a Muslim country is a bad idea.
Michigan's chances of landing WR Laquon Treadwell (bad), RB Derrick Green (good), OL David Dawson (great).
Three days after he did a not-half-bad bit on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update," it emerged that Christie has landed a spot on Barbara Walters' list of the "10 Most Fascinating People" of 2012.
Michigan's chances of landing WR Laquon Treadwell (bad), RB Derrick Green ( good ), OL David Dawson (great).
So these probably land in the "BAD" category but I'll make an exception.
Michigan's chances of landing WR Laquon Treadwell (bad), RB Derrick Green (good), OL David Dawson ( great ).
(MoneyWatch) Former CIA Director David Petraeus has had a bad few weeks, resigning from his post after landing in the news over an extramarital affair.
She arrived by flying boat in a land where houses smelled like mutton and cauliflower and women dressed badly.
So badly, apparently, that Mike Tannenbaum may be willing to give up the general manager's job to land the Super Bowl champion coach.
When I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 from San Francisco, I wasn't very excited about the move because I'm a technologist and moving away from the tech hub of the world to the land of Botox seemed like a really bad career move.
Ranchers like Chilton will tell you that they and their families have been grazing cattle in Arizona for more than 200 years, and even if their ancestors weren't always good to the land, their profession is not intrinsically bad.
The fact that two "new" Lana Del Rey songs ('Delicious' and 'Big Bad Wolf') landed online leaves us with two distinct questions.
FX Lands Rights to 'Bad Teacher'.
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In science:

Call a ball bad, if it landed in the same bin with another ball with the same label.
Large cliques in sparse random intersection graphs
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