nasty bit of work n.
an unpleasant person.
|Sub 103: Percival Driver was [...] what we referred to as ‘a nasty bit of work.’.|
|Seaways 103: That’s [i.e. a man] a nasty looking bit of work.‘Chops and Chips’ in|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 56: He was fat with a sebaceous fatness; in the vernacular, ‘a nasty piece of work.’ He reeked of money – and scent.|
|Gang War 39: The man [...] was, in the opinion of the ‘ace’ cracksman, a particularly nasty piece of work.|
|Mistral Hotel (1951) 144: Did you ever see such a nasty bit of work?|
|Sparkling Cyanide (1955) 107: Mr. Pedro Morales – nasty bit of goods from Mexico.|
|Joyful Condemned 101: You’re a nasty piece of work.|
|Homosexual Society 91: After being their ‘darling’ you become a nasty bit of work, ‘biting the hand that fed you’.|
|Chips with Everything II iii: first corporal: You’re a slob, Smiler. second corporal: A nasty piece of work.|
|Family Arsenal 111: Nasty piece of work, wasn’t he?|
|Daddy’s Girl (1999) 134: Mr Bianchi is a very nasty piece of work.|
|Tax Inspector (1992) 49: I’ve got the same name as the woman who was involved with D.H. Lawrence. She was a nasty piece of work.|
|Grits 29: Nasty fuckin piecer wirk, that one.|