speak daggers

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speak daggers

To speak harshly or maliciously, so as to hurt the listener. I can't stand to be around my mother these days—she's always speaking daggers because she's so miserable. I will speak daggers to my enemy when I see him at the debate.
See also: dagger, speak
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When he speaks daggers to Martha, each riposte is sharpened by the actor's fierce intellect.