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.
See also: say
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If you are saying something against the interests of the wealthy, of the oligarchs, or if what you are saying is going to have an effect on others, you would definitely be stopped in various ways.
"We were struggling for a just cause and cannot even think of saying something against our state institutions."
What she considers the toughest questions from reporters are those that are trying to corner her into saying something against the administration, she said.
"If someone was saying something against their faith, they would feel the same.
CJP barred Ghulam Nabi from saying something against army without evidence remarking " please bring evidence".
What about saying something against those disgusting guardians of faith who regularly appear on the TV, refusing to condemn atrocities such as suicide bombings, the Taliban, the blasphemy laws, and sectarianism?
"They're saying something against a people and a nation, and that's crossing a boundary.
" If a friend is saying something against the guy you are dating, you must look into the reason as to why she is saying so.
A lawyer for Berlusconi has denied the allegations of bribery, and on Friday the billionaire media mogul accused the prosecutors of threatening De Gregorio with "having to choose between going to jail or saying something against me".
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