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name names

To say a specific name or names when reporting bad behavior or making an accusation (as opposed to making the accusation without identifying anyone). I hate to name names, but Brian and Mitch were the ones who did the graffiti. I saw it myself. I'm not going to name names, but several of you have been coming in late and going home early. You know who you are, and it needs to stop.
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name names

Specify persons by name, especially those who are accused of something. For example, More than one person was involved in the robbery, and his lawyer said he would get a shorter sentence if he named names . It is also put negatively, name no names, as in Some of our neighbors disobey the town's leash law, but I'm naming no names. The negative form was first recorded in 1792.
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name names

If you name names, you tell someone the names of people who are responsible for something or involved in something. He was under pressure from the police to name names.
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name names

mention specific names, especially of people involved in something wrong or illegal.
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name ˈnames

give the names of people who are involved in something, especially something wrong or illegal: If the newspapers really know the people responsible for these terrible crimes, then they should name names.I won’t name names, but there are some people in this room who have broken several of the club’s rules.
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While Olalia did not name names, lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, longtime legal counsel of the Arroyo couple Mike and Gloria, said the P1-million bounty he was offering for the arrest of Ocampo and his fellow former Bayan Muna lawmakers Liza Maza, Teddy Casino and Rafael Mariano could be raised to P2 million.
"He should name names. (Otherwise) He is just spreading rumors," he said in an interview.
'The PDEA chief should name names, but only if he has evidence that can stand in court.
'The point is we must name names. They did not name names, they knew who they were.
The music mogul added: "There's one particular person who, when their playlist came on we all literally wanted to dive off the boat into the ocean, it was that bad." Come on Si, name names.
Hopefully, the process of seeking responses will not water down the main findings and Chilcot will have the spinal fortitude to name names, reveal details and give the Iraqi people and the families of British service men, lost on the futile and ill-advised mission, some solace.
"And they need to name names they need to do the sorts of things we as prosecutors want them to do."
"But it makes no sense to name names - everybody could see the mistakes - simple mistakes, which are not possible at this level, especially against a team like Manchester City.
"But it makes no sense to name names -- everybody could see the mistakes -- simple mistakes, which are not possible at this level, especially against a team like Manchester City.
MP: You say the only way to bore holes into the skulls of the unalive is to name names, and you're probably right ...
TIGHT-LIPPED: Harry Redknapp had declined to 'name names'
The former Radio 2 DJ declined to name names but called for a return to politenesson the airwaves.
CYCLING: Brian Cookson, the president of British Cycling, has urged Lance Armstrong to name names and tell all when he addresses the damning doping accusations against him this week.
NEW York madam Ann Gristina has vowed to "name names" in her forthcoming book.
A fight with Londoner Kevin Mitchell, who holds the WBO intercontinental belt after a thrilling victory against John Murray, would capture the imagination of boxing fans on both sides of the border, but Burns was reluctant to name names after his latest comfortable triumph.