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.
See also: call, name
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.
People come into the store and call us names and also use vile swear words against us.
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 like 'blacky', 'blackberry' and even 'monkey'.
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.
They showed him if you're going to pick on us and call us names, we're not going to stand for it.
And yes, they sometimes call us names or question our motives.
And I think the right will listen, too, for the same reason the left listens to Rush, and they're going to be able to make fun of us and call us names.
If people make fun of us and call us names and do things which we perceive as being destructive to our own self concepts, we very quickly accept the fact that these people are "no damn good" and tend to withdraw into our shells.