cast aspersions on

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cast aspersions on (someone or something)

To talk negatively or unflatteringly about someone or something. I'm sorry to cast aspersions on Julie, but her work ethic is really terrible. She hasn't handed one assignment in on time. Bill says that he doesn't want to cast aspersions on anyone, but he still talks badly about us all the time!
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cast aspersions on someone

to make a rude and insulting remark. I resent your casting aspersions on my brother and his ability! It is rude to cast aspersions on people in general.
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As a principal, I allowed to reprimand a child in a case of discipline but I did not slap her, call her names or cast aspersions on her character.
The tribunal last month heard he cast aspersions on the Derbys' sex life and their son, Edward, 11, following a ticking off from Lady Derby.
But then we heard he had cast aspersions on the impartiality of the referee Alain Rolland.
How dare this man cast aspersions on the reputations of the good people of our local community?
I was deeply touched by the troubles of Prof Ayeni, but your prestigious magazine should not be used to cast aspersions on the secretary general, Don McKinnon, or bring the Commonwealth into disrepute by a self-perpetuating professional who only went to town with his allegations when he realised that his contract would not be renewed for another three years on top of the 13 years he had already served at the Commonwealth.
That number may have been surpassed in 2004 alone, when in addition to the cases listed above, six reporters were found in contempt of court for refusing to name sources who cast aspersions on former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee.
And if we could continue, even before the news spreads beyond the scene of the tomb, already the naysayers step in to cast aspersions on the story.
I don't mean to cast aspersions on an entire age group, but, really, what the heck is wrong with the under-25 set?
Some Western diplomats have cast aspersions on the directorate's performance on intelligence matters.
Dr Wilson said: "They have cast aspersions on my motives, saying that I am doing this for fun.
The existing structure doesn't have much incentive to invest in new ideas and radical concepts, and so it will cast aspersions on the first three people listed above.
but, adding insult to injury, he would actually cast aspersions on the factor of Gallic pride (if only in a footnote).
In sessions held so far, some politicians have cast aspersions on the supreme law's enactment process, which was greatly influenced by GHQ, a term used to refer to the combined military headquarters in Tokyo of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers and the U.
Though their basic idea had been to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for various California labor unions, former physician colleagues cast aspersions on their characters; perhaps they were Communists
It serves no good purpose for any of us to clutch our newsletters and magapapers and cast aspersions on this new medium darling of the communication world.