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deadbeat

Physics
a. (of a system) returning to an equilibrium position with little or no oscillation
b. (of an instrument or indicator) indicating a true reading without oscillation

deadbeat

[′ded‚bēt]
(mechanics)
Coming to rest without vibration or oscillation, as when the pointer of a meter moves to a new position without overshooting. Also known as deadbeat response.
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What about those double deadbeats who steal the insurance checks?
Although most deadbeats aren't hard-core criminals, many well-intentioned people still manage to get overwhelmed.
He said they also pointed out that women can also be deadbeats and that women can be jerks for violating the visitation rights of fathers.
Fortunately for those leading a dramatic crusade against this growing trend, there's a villain to blame: the deadbeat dad.
Nineteen states say it's working, but state legislators are telling Congress to back off - they will decide for themselves if a program that pressures deadbeat parents to pay child support is right for their states.
Helpful to deadbeats, no, but the student group's opposition powerfully dramatizes one of the IRS's great strengths: It will deliver on collections as long as a borrower files a tax return--and virtually everybody does that.