speak ill of


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speak ill of (someone or something)

To say malicious, objectionable, or defamatory things about someone or something. I've just always had the philosophy that it does no good to speak ill of anyone, so instead I direct that energy toward finding solutions to problems. Anyone who speaks ill of the government in this country runs the risk of being thrown in prison, or worse. You say we shouldn't speak ill of the dead, but we should never forget the misdeeds of those who were once in power, lest history repeats itself.
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speak ill of someone

to say something bad about someone. I refuse to speak ill of any of my friends. Max speaks ill of no one and refuses to repeat gossip.
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speak/think ˈill of somebody

(formal) say or think bad things about somebody: You shouldn’t speak ill of the dead.
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Biden pledged to run a positive campaign, promising to "not speak ill of any of the Democratic candidates," and predicting the large field of candidates will be "winnowed out pretty quickly."
"Leo is a friend of mine and I'd never speak ill of a friend," Maradona assured Spanish sports newspaper Marca on Wednesday.
Funny how the people who want rid of blasphemy would almost accuse you of that crime if you dare speak ill of a certain president.
Lastly, let me point out that if you want to test whether Raila is still the man of the moment, just speak ill of him in public or private - you will face the reaction.
"I just want to let the world know that Onika Tanya Maraj would never, has never and will never speak ill of anyone's child," she concluded.
Miandad said the masses were aware of who the real culprits were and who had dissipated the finances, adding, I would never speak ill of a person who has been struggling for the past 20 years.
For instance, we don't speak ill of the dead because they can no longer defend themselves.
A few parents told me they were afraid people would speak ill of their children.
Islamabad -- MNA Ayesha Gulalai has claimed that the ruling PML-N had offered her a ticket for the upcoming Senate elections, but she turned down the proposal as it came with the requirement that she speak ill of the country's armed forces.
The 44-year-old singer admitted that "I'm against anyone speak ill of others, especially when they're someone with a long, successful and international career like Diab's."
But Ricky, 77, said it was "wrong to speak ill of the dead."
Addressing his followers from London via phone, Hussain also asked MQM leaders to not to speak ill of their opponents at the public rallies and corner meetings.
Loathe as we are to speak ill of the great Vivienne Westwood, this Wcreased baby blue taffeta affair, from the Dame's spring 2015 collection, has overtones of unmade bed about it, while the horns should have been put away at Halloween.
Loathe as we are to speak ill of the great Vivienne Westwood, this creased baby blue taffeta affair, from the Dame's spring 2015 collection, has overtones of unmade bed about it, while the horns should have been put away at Halloween.
Damien Schmitz, who runs a kebab shop in Paris, puts it more bluntly: by criticising the kebab, he says, "you can speak ill of Muslims without speaking ill of Muslims." Introduced by Turkish immigrants to Paris in the 1990s, the doner kebab--where meat is carved off an upright rotating spit and served in a flatbread with salad and spicy sauce--quickly found favour with France's North African population raised on spiced halal meat in tagines and stews.