Example sentences for: deadbeat

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  • That's because states will be able to use the directory to locate deadbeat parents and dun them, typically by getting court orders that force their employers to deduct the owed child support from paychecks.

  • As adult children of alcoholics, sons of deadbeat dads, witnesses to battered-spouse syndrome, and victims of every sort of paddling and walloping and thwacking, Republicans are no longer ceding ground to Bill Clinton when it comes to feeling the pain of a dysfunctional nation.

  • Among the piecemeal efforts the Times lauds are insuring overnight hospital stays for new mothers, school uniforms, cell phones for citizen neighborhood patrols, keeping liquor ads off the airwaves, restricting tobacco sales, creating a national registry for sex offenders, and suspending the driver's licenses of deadbeat dads.

  • 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.

  • In his column today, William Safire goes off on an extended rant against all the ways in which privacy is imperiled, from your dealings with banks and employers and stores, to airline security and deadbeat dad tracking.


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