Definition of give someone/something a bad name in English:

give someone/something a bad name


  • Damage the reputation of someone or something.

    ‘the gas guzzling machinery that gives the country such a bad name’
    • ‘By giving anti-communism a bad name, McCarthy did communism a huge service.’
    • ‘The first phase of financial crisis gave capitalism a bad name.’
    • ‘The characters could give stereotypes a bad name; the dialogue is laboriously unfunny, the plot woefully laughable.’
    • ‘The words "organised chaos" would have been giving chaos a bad name!’
    • ‘However, there are always going to be the stupid minority who give the rest a bad name.’
    • ‘The attempt to put a positive spin on negative statistics is an insult to common sense which gives politicians a bad name.’
    • ‘By the 1970s, the sheer quantity of mediocre boxy office buildings had given the style a bad name.’
    • ‘Thank goodness they claim to be non-political otherwise they would be giving politics a bad name!’
    • ‘The ending of the film is exactly the kind of thing which gives art house a bad name.’
    • ‘For others, his failures began to give democracy a bad name.’
    vilify, disparage, denigrate, defame, cast aspersions on, run down, impugn, revile, belittle, abuse, insult, slight, attack, speak badly of, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on, criticize, censure, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory
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