Example sentences for: deadbeat

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  • There's the slightly tired riff about deadbeat dads: Lily's ex-husband promises to show up at their daughter's soccer game, but forgets about it until Lily angrily reminds him.

  • Nussle, by contrast, wants to punish deadbeat dads, but not abusive ones; he's a co-sponsor of the Parental Rights and Responsibilities Act, which says it's fine to smack the kids (the phrase used is "reasonable corporal discipline").

  • To start with an image of the tragic,what would have beenthis poem's end--if this morningI hadn't eaten a roll with jam I might havesaid, finally, the nightdid what night always does, it swallowedmy two friends, their arms slung around each other's waists,after I drove off chasing my highbeams.Outside their shingled walls & roof earlierand surrounded by pinewoodsthat evening my friends & I had been saying goodbyewhen one of them--the man--surprised by the baby-seat suddenly visiblein the back of the car (lit up by an interior lightas I opened the door)--he said, my friend said Jeez, they (meaning Michaela & our daughter Simone),they won't be able to go anywhere.Seeing I was as far as 150 miles from homewith the car, & my beinga potential traffic fatality,or worse (deadbeat dad, abandoner), he was right.I saw myself a moment as indispensable, happy to be needed, much likea canoe-paddling guide or gondola pilot.But my other friend--the woman--squinting at the baby-seatwith pity & amusement, she saidFor christ's sake, you might as well wear a chastity belt.And somehowthe mention of sex dragged death behind it--I meannow that I have settled(with responsibilities)my dates with this or that sexual tsunami should bea thing of the past,right?So there I was--caught between being one man or another, neither.Really, none of this is tragic.Can I be loved enough, that's my story.

  • And the New York Times goes with a new national database designed to catch deadbeat parents.

  • But while the Times swoons before these cradles of power, the general public-by which I mean my deadbeat friends-disdains them both, and it's not entirely jealousy.


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