“Dude, you're making the rest of us look bad!”

You work in sales. One of your coworkers has made a lot of big sales this week, and he just made another one. You want to joke with him about how successful he's become. You say this.

Dude, you're making the rest of us look bad!

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make (someone) look bad

To "make ___ look bad" can mean two different things:

  1. To do something stupid or embarrassing which makes the people who are associated with you (your boss, your classmates, your family members) ashamed:

    Sit down and behave yourself! You're making us look bad.

  2. To do something so well that other people's accomplishments don't seem very impressive in comparison:

    Slow down! You're making me look bad.

The first one is usually used seriously. The second one is usually used as a joke. In the example at top, the speaker says it as a joke to show that he's impressed that his friend is selling so much.


People sometimes call each other "dude" in casual conversation. For example:

A: Dude, we've got to get going. We're going to be late.

B: Dude, chill out.

"Dude" is mostly used between two young or middle-aged men. However, women sometimes use it and people sometimes use it toward women too. Originally, "dude" was associated with surfers. In the past 30 years it has become much more common, but now some younger people choose other words to refer to each other like "bro".

People mostly say "Dude" at the beginning of a sentence. It's possible at the end of a sentence but less common.

Nice shot, dude.