not/never have a good word to say for/about somebody/something

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never have a good word to say about (someone of something)

To always say negative, hurtful, or critical things about someone or something; to never or rarely say something positive or encouraging about someone or something. No wonder the kid's self-esteem is so low—his parents never have a good word to say about him. I don't understand why she stays in the same job if she never has a good word to say about it.
See also: good, have, never, of, say, word

not/never have a good word to ˈsay for/about somebody/something

(informal) not/never have anything positive to say about somebody/something: She rarely has a good word to say about her neighbours.Nobody has a good word to say for the new computer system. OPPOSITE: praise somebody/something to the skies
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