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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]
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