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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!
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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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cast aspersions, to

To make a derogatory or highly critical remark, either fairly or, more often, unfairly. An older meaning of the verb “to asperse” is to sprinkle or scatter, and “aspersion” itself once meant a shower or spray. The full phrase is newer, but we find the same meaning in Sheridan’s play, The Rivals (1775), in which Mrs. Malaprop complains bitterly of “an attack upon my language! . . . an aspersion upon my parts of speech” (3:3).
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"The Government of Canada therefore deeply regrets the recent incident in which letters drafted by public service officials during routine visa refusals to Indian nationals cast false aspersions on the legitimacy of work carried out by Indian defence and security institutions, which operate under the framework of democratic processes and the rule of law," the paper quoted Kenney, as saying.
Acop, on the other hand, supported Garbin's proposal as Gadon's statements 'casts aspersion on our independence and the committee and the entire House.'
Mushahidullah Khan said criticising the governments was a constructive thing for democratic dispensations, but the media should act responsibly and avoid casting aspersions on national institutions.
'He cannot go out of this committee and start casting aspersions of the accusations leveled against him,' he added.
The Bureau has also served a legal notice to Royal TV for airing such a baseless and false news against Director General NAB, Lahore and NAB as an institution on Thursday (May 26) from morning to midnight constantly, casting aspersions on person of DG, NAB Lahore and the NAB as an institution.
This information clearly had malicious intentions to cast aspersions toward the commission as a whole,' Gatchalian said following Lopez accusations that every CA member was offered P50 million to reject her confirmation.
Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that Pakistan had made substantial gains in its anti-terrorism drive, and rejected aspersions being cast by some about its contribution.
He also warned her lawyers not to cast 'aspersions' to the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204 who ordered her arrest.
Speaking in a UN Security Council debate on countering terrorism, Pakistan ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi said that Pakistan had made substantial gains in its anti-terrorism drive and rejected aspersions being cast by some about its contribution.
Our martyrs are our real heroes and those who are casting aspersions on their sacrifices should be exposed and disowned," he said in a statement here on Wednesday.
SRINAGAR, August 02, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Spokesperson Peoples Democratic Party and renowned oncologist, Sameer Koul has urged government of India to give up casting aspersions on Kashmiris otherwise whatever achieved so far will go waste.
ISLAMABAD, June 30, 2011 (Balochistan Times): DG ISPR (Military Spokesman) on Wednesday said that we reject the allegations levelled by senior US military officials before the Senate Armed Services committee as reported in section of press casting aspersions on the desire and capability of Pakistan army to fight militancy.
He said such negative aspersions and accusations were also voiced against ISI in some previous cases but investigations proved those wrong.
The President Pakistan Muslim League has stated that the once who only pay rupees 5000 as tax despite owning property worth billions have the audacity to cast false aspersions at others.
Uncalled for aspersions through various quarters on our training methods/orientation are apparently due to lack of knowledge and understanding of our training system in vogue, he said.