call (one) names

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call (one) names

1. To mock or disparage one with rude or offensive names. My son is miserable because the kids at his new school call him names.
2. To speak to or about one derisively. I barely even know Lauren, so why is she calling me names to other people?
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call someone names

to call someone by an abusive or insulting name. Billy cried when the other kids called him names. John was punished for calling his teacher names.
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call names

Verbally abuse someone, use offensive epithets, as in The teacher told the children to stop calling names. This idiom was first recorded in the late 1600s but Shakespeare used a similar expression earlier in Richard III (1:3): "That thou hadst called me all these bitter names."
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call someone names

COMMON If someone calls you names, they use insulting words to describe you when they are talking to you. At school they called me names because I was so slow. She was bullied by a gang of girls who called her names and teased her about her weight. Note: You can describe this behaviour as name-calling. Many of his critics simply resort to childish name-calling.
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call someone names

insult someone verbally.
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call somebody ˈnames

insult somebody with rude or unpleasant names: In the playground, the other children called him names. ▶ ˈname-calling noun: They were subjected to name-calling and jokes at their expense.
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call names

To speak to or about another in offensive terms.
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References in classic literature ?
"Permit me to say," returned the dragonette, "that you are rather impolite to call us names, knowing that we cannot resent your insults.
She continued: "But you can't argue with people on the internet, it's impossible but I would say that you're the one watching our lives, don't call us names, that's the lifestyle we're in."
"He's trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself," the Massachusetts Democrat responded on Twitter after Trump made the comment during an appearance in Georgia.
They will bring in politics and they will call us names but that will not affect us,' Waiguru said.
As numerous recent studies have shown, our readers and the viewing public, even the ones that call us names, suffer when we go away.
"People come into the store and call us names and also use vile swear words against us.
She said: "He used to call us names. He called me a s**g and said that I was not sleeping with him because I was sleeping around with other people."
And you '11 note his letter to me didn't rant or call us names, he just stated his opinion.
" When the Masjid has its sanctity, they call us names or abuse us, but we do not enter the mosque keeping in mind religious sensitivity.
People call us names. Putok sa buho, tisay, kung anu-ano,' says Charon.
It is as if you're saying the magazine should only serve your interests and if it fails to do that 100 per cent of the time, you are free to call us names and abandon us.
(7) Mary O'Regan, "'All our detractors can do is call us names,'" Catholic Herald (UK), January 28, 2013.
"Some people call us names at the Press Syndicate already."
"Three kids in particular would repeatedly throw stones at the house, call us names and harass us whenever we left the house.