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name names

To say a specific name or names when reporting bad behavior or making an accusation (as opposed to making the accusation without identifying anyone). I hate to name names, but Brian and Mitch were the ones who did the graffiti. I saw it myself. I'm not going to name names, but several of you have been coming in late and going home early. You know who you are, and it needs to stop.
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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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name names

If you name names, you tell someone the names of people who are responsible for something or involved in something. He was under pressure from the police to name names.
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name names

mention specific names, especially of people involved in something wrong or illegal.
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name ˈnames

give the names of people who are involved in something, especially something wrong or illegal: If the newspapers really know the people responsible for these terrible crimes, then they should name names.I won’t name names, but there are some people in this room who have broken several of the club’s rules.
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He should name names and not issue a shotgun accusation,' Escudero said in a text message.
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.
MP: You say the only way to bore holes into the skulls of the unalive is to name names, and you're probably right .
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.
I won't name names, but at Goodison everyone from the owner through the chairman, the directors, the manager and the players know their role in the club and the direction in which they all want to go.
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.
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
It specified that these airline carriers provide scheduled passenger air transport services on long-haul routes between Europe and a non-EU country, but did not name names.
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.
I do not name names because I don't want to increase the danger for the source.
Trumbo, perhaps the most notorious of the Hollywood Ten, served time in prison for refusing to name names in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee.