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bad name

A tarnished reputation. Typically used in the phrase "give (something) a bad name." I can't believe how little you care about your students! Boy, you give teachers a bad name!
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She is very unpopular, she drinks too much alcohol and she has a bad name, her husband has a bad name," said Swamy.
This is a disgrace, animals like these give carers a bad name.
I think it's those Zynga-like games that give the 'casual' market a bad name.
COMPANIES which hand out bonuses, even after poor job performances, have given themselves a bad name, Sir Richard Branson said yesterday.
His vocals on taxing songs such as You Give Love A Bad Name, Bad Medicine and a haunting When We Were Beautiful were incredible.
Self-obsessed, hideously ugly nowadays and giving young American women a really bad name.
The ace weightlifter also felt that the spate of doping incidents in Indian weightlifting had brought a bad name to the image of the sport.
As a Southerner, I'm tired of people making or giving grits a bad name [Post Scripts, July/August 2008], and if that wasn't enough, this guy Gerald Bosacker also insulted waitresses all over the South.
Of course, beer can get a bad name when people consume too much of it.
All that's added is a flavorful blend of natural seasonings for a chip with less than half the fat of fried chips, fewer calories, and none of the trans fat, saturated fat, fake flavors, colors or preservatives that give snacking a bad name.
Articles like these can give archery hunting a bad name.
Technologies of photovoltaics, hydrogen and fuel cell development are more advanced, and a combination of technology and motivation could be harnessed to slow down the gas guzzling machinery that gives the country such a bad name.
Campaigners want the term 'couch potato' removed from the dictionary - as it's giving the spud a bad name.
In instances that give the entire industry a bad name, entire stockpiles have been left outside or in warehouses, or material has instead been sent to a landfill or an incinerator.
Indeed, it should be a friend to legitimate recyclers because state and local enforcement personnel can halt the fly-by-night, less-than-legal recyclers who often give the industry a bad name.