give bad marks to (someone or something)(redirected from give bad marks to them)
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.
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]