name names

name names

to say who is doing something bad or illegal She swears she will never name names, even if she were offered a reward.
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name names

to tell people who is involved in a secret or illegal activity He wouldn't name names but has promised that the accusations will be fully investigated.
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name names

Specify persons by name, especially those who are accused of something. For example, More than one person was involved in the robbery, and his lawyer said he would get a shorter sentence if he named names . It is also put negatively, name no names, as in Some of our neighbors disobey the town's leash law, but I'm naming no names. The negative form was first recorded in 1792.
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Hopefully, the process of seeking responses will not water down the main findings and Chilcot will have the spinal fortitude to name names, reveal details and give the Iraqi people and the families of British service men, lost on the futile and ill-advised mission, some solace.
DICK Advocaat put Sunderland's cup collapse against Manchester City down to individuals errors - but refused to name names.
e e " World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn (left) hit back angrily and told O'Sullivan to name names or risk a disrepute charge.
Asked if she would name names in her book, she said: "I will.
The 39-year-old defender said the Parkhead club should have been brave enough to name names instead of leaking complaints anonymously.
EYEWITNESSES are being urged to name names and help stamp out vandalism.
Among those to have hosted Radio 2 shows in the past few years have been Russell Brand and Alan Carr, although Bruce would not name names.
It is not possible, nor would it be right, to name names, but I'd like to thank the ladies with the food trolley, the ladies who cleaned the ward, the nurses (senior and junior), the admin staff, doctors and consultants, in fact everyone.
I won't name names, but that's Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor
Australia) name names and deconstruct the writing of conservative Australian intellectuals and politicians who are working so hard to make sure the democracy scare of the 1960s never happens again.
In fact, when the biography became a news item in The New York Observer, The New York Times, and other publications, Sontag began to recount for interviewers her sexual affairs--with women and men, although she did not name names.
I hate to name names -- generally I think it's pointless, because almost every player is mentioned in trade talks at some point -- but you have to look at Craig Conroy as a guy who might get moved if a trade goes down.
I do not name names because I don't want to increase the danger for the source.
I don't want to name names, but, some can't stay in their shirts, others swing around guitars and drop 'em without missin' a beat.
If I knew the youngsters' names I would name names as I for one have had enough.