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1. verb To speak negatively or unflatteringly about someone or something. Why are you always bad-mouthing Tiffany? You don't even know her that well!
2. noun One who says negative or unflattering things about someone or something. He's a real bad-mouth, so don't listen to anything he says about me!

bad-mouth someone or something

to say negative things about someone or something. Mr. Smith was always bad-mouthing Mrs. Smith. They just didn't get along. John bad-mouths his car constantly because it is too small for him.

bad mouth

Disparage or criticize unduly, malign, as in Why do you constantly bad mouth your colleagues? This term is believed to be of African origin, where the phrase bad mouth signifies a curse or evil spell. [1930s]
See also: bad, mouth


1. tv. to speak ill of someone or something. (see also dirty mouth, poor-mouth.) I wish you would stop bad-mouthing my car.
2. n. someone who speaks ill of someone or something. Harry is such a bad-mouth!
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It seems that Eminem is the only singer being bad-mouthed.
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Talking to media after the Assembly session, on Friday, he said that anybody who had bad-mouthed President Asif Ali Zardari and Altaf Hussain had also been condemned by Assembly.
Before that fight he bad-mouthed me saying he would do all sorts of things to me.
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I have never bad-mouthed their father but wanted to.
Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff are harangued and bad-mouthed on an almost daily basis.
His lawyer, Mr Ian Robertson said he had been found guilty of five allegations, one of which alleged he bad-mouthed fellow MP Irene Adams.
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Doctors and nurses, who in real life are - and should be - held in awe by everyone who has a loved one in their care, are harangued and bad-mouthed by almost everyone else appearing on the shows.
In the last few weeks he's bad-mouthed Madonna, torn a strip off Carole Caplin, abused the paparazzi and insulted Ulrika Jonsson - hilariously refreshing in this world of mind-numbingly bland political correctness.