give bad marks to (someone or something)

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give bad marks to (someone or something)

To view something negatively or unfavorably. I bet the boss gave bad marks to Pete's presentation because it was so disorganized.
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give bad marks to

Judge unsatisfactory, as in They gave bad marks to the President's program. This expression transfers the marking used in evaluating schoolwork to other endeavors. [Late 1800s]
See also: bad, give, mark
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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