To Break Bad is to reject social norms for one's own gain or amusement. To give up on the typical moral and social norm and go one's own path, regardless of the legality or ethics.
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Comes from the American Southwest slang phrase "to break bad," meaning to challenge conventions, to defy authority and to skirt the edges of the law.
"What, you just decided to break bad one day?"
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The plot centers around Walter White, a chemistry teacher with nothing going right. He doesn't get paid enough, his son has cerebral palsy, his wife is pregnant, and to top it all off, he has lung cancer. So the only logical way to raise money is to use his skills in chemistry to cook up some really "good" meth and sell it with the help of his former student-turned-pusher. It also doesn't help that his brother in law is in the DEA. Bryan Cranston, known as the wacky father and only saving grace of that disgraceful malcolm in the middle show, plays Walter to perfection.
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Sometimes, life forces you to cross the line. You're going about your normal everyday routine, when suddenly something truly awful happens and all that pent-up rage you feel about your job, your marriage, your very existence, is released with unstoppable fury. Some call it "reaching the breaking point"; others call it "breaking bad."

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Breaking Bad (v.) 1. to challenge convention 2. to defy authority 3. to raise hell
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A colloquialism popular in the American Southwest referring to when someone has taken a turn off the path of the straight and narrow, when they've deviated from what's right.
Walter White was a wholesome strait-laced family man and working class high school chemistry teacher; but when he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer he began breaking bad, turning to a life of crime, manufacturing and selling methamphetamine.
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To adapt a new lifestyle which is in stark contrast to the one you previously had. Generally used when someone who previously followed rules and regulations begins to deviate from them to achieve new goals/desires. The term is most often used when someone who is generally accepted as "good" adapts behaviors which are seen as "bad".
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When high school chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Craston) of Albequerque, NM is diagnosed with lung cancer, he resorts to cooking methamphetamine with a former junkie student to provide for chemotherapy, his 7-month pregnant wife and his son who suffers from cerebral paulsy.
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Guy 1: hey, you seen Breaking Bad
Guy 2: saw like the first episode but it looks pretty stupid
(Guy 1 proceeds to violently strangle Guy 2)
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