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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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and I know you don't: Naming names is an excellent form of accountability.
The RFL reacted by giving Cullen what seemed to amount to a 'put up or shut up' ultimatum, presumably wanting him to justify his comment by naming names.
TOMMY HAAS has said it is time his peers started naming names after an unidentified German player accused another of match-fixing during a television interview.
Without naming names, clearly Sylvester Stallone looks like a man who has gotten to know Botox on a first-name basis.
Some financial types believe so, but they aren't naming names.
Bankrate released the findings of its semiannual Checking Account Pricing Study today and is naming names.
LORD STEVENS has been given the green light by Premier League chairmen to press ahead with his bungs inquiry without naming names.