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bad-mouth

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

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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Some of the financial investors Franz Muntefering badmouthed as locusts in an April speech were much sought-after buyers of state firms and state assets that had been put on the market by Chancellor Gerhard Schroder's treasury secretary Hans Eichel.
I feel that his comments have been very offensive -- he has badmouthed me left and right from the start.
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According to statements given to police, the pair began brawling at Denver's home in McLoud, Oklahoma, after he badmouthed his wife, Tressia, who is Davis's mum.
This is a man who has been handed some cruel blows - not least losing his job two years ago as manager of Newcastle United - but who never whinged, complained or badmouthed his back-stabbers.
But by 1989 even Mikhail Gorbachev had basically given up the ghost of Communism, and after Hall badmouthed him the Soviet leader cut off the American leader's allowance.
Santiago said the joint venture suspected the losing bidders badmouthed them because it lost out in a lucrative graft practice.
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This week viewers watched in horror as the nastiest man in soap badmouthed her yet again in Coronation Street.
The Serbian champions badmouthed Walter Smith's men in the run-up to Tuesday's second leg but one of the worst offenders, midfielder Ognjen Koroman, agreed the better team won.