speak ill of (someone or something)

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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.
See also: ill, of, speak
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

speak/think ˈill of somebody

(formal) say or think bad things about somebody: You shouldn’t speak ill of the dead.
See also: ill, of, somebody, speak, think
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And yet, on the faith of an honest man, I never spoke ill of any enchanter, and I am not so well off that I am to be envied; to be sure, I am rather sly, and I have a certain spice of the rogue in me; but all is covered by the great cloak of my simplicity, always natural and never acted; and if I had no other merit save that I believe, as I always do, firmly and truly in God, and all the holy Roman Catholic Church holds and believes, and that I am a mortal enemy of the Jews, the historians ought to have mercy on me and treat me well in their writings.
Even envious Miss Briggs never spoke ill of her; high and mighty Miss Saltire (Lord Dexter's granddaughter) allowed that her figure was genteel; and as for Miss Swartz, the rich woolly-haired mulatto from St.
He said no customers would have been served that meal, adding: "I wouldn't send it but I've made something that I thought, 'Oh, that's not quite right.'" Last year Ramsay spoke ill of dishes served by his mum.
While praising dignity of female workers of his own party, the premier spoke ill of the opposition party's women and said that 'you know what those sisters were doing in PTI's rally'.
During a recent loss for the Packers, the actress allegedly liked several photos on Instagram that spoke ill of her boyfriend's family, according to (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/01/23/olivia-munn-takes-not-so-subtle-digs-at-aaron-rodgers-family.html) FOX News .
In his complaint to the chief minister, Chennithala said the latest of the threatening messages was received on his phone at 11.22pm on Sunday, warning of dire consequences to him and family members if he spoke ill of Nisham.
O Ryong Il, secretary-general of the North's National Peace Committee, said Mr Wingfield-Hayes' news coverage distorted facts and "spoke ill of the system and the leadership of the country".
"Religious parties had opposed the formation of Pakistan and spoke ill of QuaideAzam Mohammad Ali Jinnah", Altaf claimed.
"Actually, I want to thank my ex-girlfriend because no matter the issue I faced, she remained quiet and never spoke ill of me," he said.
They alleged that in the exchange of words Lone abused Bhat's father and also spoke ill of the PDP patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed , after which the meeting was boycotted.
WHEN I was growing up there was always an unwritten rule that you never spoke ill of the dead - especially not in the immediate days after they had died.
Its confidence perhaps bolstered by this win, Google added its two cents on a case in Thailand, which held a webmaster responsible for not promptly removing comments that spoke ill of Thai royalty from a news website.
They say the only time he spoke ill of Arlene was when he made a joke that he would "kill her" if she turned up because of what her disappearance had put their kids through.
She never gossiped, spoke ill of anyone or hurt anyone,and treated everyone with respect.