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cast aspersions

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 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!
See also: aspersion, cast, on

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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Shiela Dikshit's aspersions on corruption in the organising committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi are most disappointing and uncalled for.
He can't understand why Bianca took so long to tell him, but she casts aspersions on his parenting ability when she learns he's encouraged vulnerable Whitney to date car-lot employee Todd.
THE ASSOCIATION of Private Teaching Institutions (SIFK) said yesterday their intention was not to cast aspersions on public school teachers, but simply to uphold the law in their drive to clamp down on illegal private lessons after school hours
Unsurprisingly, the article caused Mr Islam considerable embarrassment and distress, particularly given it had the effect not only of creating an utterly false impression of his attitude to women, but because it cast serious aspersions, quite wrongly, on his faith, which is a matter of the utmost importance to him.
But then we heard he had cast aspersions on the impartiality of the referee Alain Rolland.
I wouldn't throw any aspersions on Sacramento at all,'' said Jackson, whose pregame media session was conducted in a darkened corridor.
One method of waging war against the problem is by employing the "alternative-reporting" procedure that allows people to use an online form to report (anonymously and confidentially) any incident they believe casts aspersions against anyone in the "queer community.
The first episode is called Beast In Show and was recorded at a county fair, where a Shetland pony boasts about having three girlfriends and a chicken casts aspersions on the quality of the duck eggs.
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.
Writers who ignore the distinction, as in the enormity of the President's election victory, or the enormity of her inheritance, may find that their words have cast unintended aspersions or evoked unexpected laughter.
Safdar Abbasi accused Zafar of being a ''turncoat'' and the minister retorted with an abusive word casting aspersions on the character of the senator and his wife, Nahid Khan, who is a member of the National Assembly.
To the rest of Europe, Britain has sometimes seemed an awkward member of the club, carping about the rules, resisting change and casting aspersions on everyone else.
Some Western diplomats have cast aspersions on the directorate's performance on intelligence matters.
It is 2002 and it is widely held that it is no longer legitimate to print stereotypical aspersions regarding Jews, Mexicans, African-Americans, homosexuals, etc.