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Bad-Mouth Someone or Something

The English idiom to bad-mouth someone or something means to say bad things about someone or something, in an effort to damage that person’s or thing’s reputation. You can bad-mouth anyone or anything - an ex-partner, a former employer, a friend, a co-worker, a relative, etc... However, people who bad-mouth others often damage their own reputation the most. Look at these recent headlines using the phrase to see how this English idioms is used in everyday English:

Can You Be Fired for Bad-Mouthing Your Boss on Facebook?
- time.com, March 4 2011, Reynolds Holding
Daniel Radcliffe Bad-Mouths Star Wars and Star Trek

-lasercola.com, September 22 2011, Jeff Carter
Brad Pitt bad-mouths his marriage to Jennifer Aniston
- celebrities.ninemsn.com.au, September 2011, CelebrityFIX


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