say (something) against (someone or something)

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say (something) against (someone or something)

To make some verbal complaint or criticism regarding someone or something. I'm not saying anything against the quality of your work, it's just that it doesn't really follow the directions we gave you. He's so averse to conflict that he simply refuses to say anything against any of his coworkers.
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say something against someone or something

to speak out against someone or something; to make a case against someone or something. I would never say anything against you! No one would say anything against your work.
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References in classic literature ?
Cosmus, duke of Florence, had a desperate saying against perfidious or neglecting friends, as if those wrongs were unpardonable; You shall read (saith he) that we are commanded to forgive our enemies; but you never read, that we are commanded to forgive our friends.
"You have removed Ayyappa Society and Gurukula Trust within no time by saying against rules and regulations.
Accenture (ACN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi with analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar saying against a backdrop of rising political and policy risks, a more defensive Information Technology Services stance is appropriate.
The victim is said to have allegedly uttered something which did not go down well with the suspect.Eye witnesses said the two were enjoying a chat while chewing miraa at their favourite joint before the older man turned on Mr Shidho after he was offended by what the young man was saying against him.
'I already collected documentary evidence to prove and disprove what they were saying against me was not true.
He should have complied with what TV talk-shows were saying against his wrong attitude and should have righted his childish stance that insisted to know ''why did they throw me out'' of prime ministry?
Forget simple tonguetwisters, with Speak Out players draw cards from the deck and read phrases as best they can while wearing a mouth-pieces that prevents them from saying the words properly, while teammates TRY to guess what they're saying against the clock.
Forget simple tonguetwisters, with Speak Out players draw cards from the deck and read phrases as best they can while wearing a mouth-piece that prevents them from saying the words properly, while teammates TRY to guess what they're saying against the clock.
While Clarkson got backlash from some fans and concerned parents, others defended her from the hate and insisted that she should not listen to what others are saying against her gesture.
"Iran has not said what Hezbollah is saying against Saudi Arabia and has not made such accusations," Ali Awad Asiri told a local television station.
"But we've got to be on our mettle and have our tails up right from the start - that goes without saying against the likes of Jermaine Beckford and Luciano Becchio and especially after their overdue win against Oldham.
A winsome character in a recent book has a saying against which there is just no argument ?
To win this week's Daily Post pounds 10, give us a giggle by telling us what Yakubu and Lee Carsley might have been saying against Fiorentina at Goodison last week.
Chris Dolley's RESONANCE (1416598127, $24.00) takes an old saying against stepping on cracks and adds new meaning when cracks in paving stones set the resonance that keeps everything harmonious--and stepping on them sets the universe out of sync.