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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Here he is now slamming the door on us and calling us names.
But the woman then started calling us names in a very aggressive manner.
There's a lot of calls coming in where people are calling us names and dog killers," Swain said.
The manager finally came and she started screaming and calling us names and it was horrible and she lost her temper.
He said: "She was cursing us and calling us names for putting her to bed.
How can we hope to have any authority with our pupils after they have heard their parent calling us names and using foul language, while shrieking down the phone?
Wells used his eight minutes in calling us names, including comparing us to Zundel and his anti-semitism.
We didn't want them to be able to hide behind the fence calling us names and so out of pure frustration we pulled it down.
She added: "He wants to put all this behind him but we still get some nutters annoying us on the street and calling us names.
We marched up 6th Avenue, taking up one lane of traffic, everyone calling us names, even the cops.
She told reporters: "If he was walking in the street we used to ask him how he was out of neighbourliness but he used to swear at us, calling us names.
They've called three times, bragging about what they've done and calling us names.