not have a good word to say for (someone of something)

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not have a good word to say for (someone of something)

To always say negative, hurtful, or critical things about someone or something; to never or rarely say something positive or encouraging about someone or something. No wonder the kid's self-esteem is so low—his parents don't ever seem to have a good word to say for him. I don't understand why she stays in the same job if she doesn't has a good word to say for it.
See also: good, have, not, of, say, word
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