Slang. to speak critically and often disloyally of; disparage:
Why do you bad-mouth your family so much?
That what they call puttin’ bad mouth on them and she sho’ could do it.
Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. Work Projects Administration
I had very pretty hair, my dear,” said Miss Matilda; “and not a bad mouth.
Cranford Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
It was not a bad mouth; her eyes were large, and it was merely large to match them.
The Daughter of the Storage William Dean Howells
One day he visited a child who was sick with a bad mouth, and touching the child’s mouth he said, “It will be well soon.”
The Christian Hall Caine
He was a heavy-shouldered man with a bad mouth—a greedy mouth, one would think—and mild eyes.
Roden’s Corner Henry Seton Merriman
Many horses will not attempt to run away except for the concurrence of a bad mouth along with an avenue of escape home.
On Horsemanship Xenophon
(transitive) (slang) to speak unfavourably about
“abuse someone verbally,” 1941, probably ultimately from noun phrase bad mouth (1835), in Black English, “a curse, spell,” translating an idiom found in African and West Indian languages. Related: Bad-mouthed; bad-mouthing.
: If you can’t say anything good, at least don’t be a bad mouth
To disparage; denigrate: He bad-mouthed everybody (1930s+)
Disparage or criticize unduly, malign, as in Why do you constantly bad mouth your colleagues? This term is believed to be of African origin, where the phrase bad mouth signifies a curse or evil spell. [ 1930s ]
- Bad name
see: give a bad name Contemporary Examples No, you are going to ruin any chance you have and give us a bad name. The Resurrection of Kristen Stewart Marlow Stern October 10, 2014 By contrast, George W. Bush launched two disastrous wars, and in so doing gave GOP bluster a bad name. Romney Response to […]
- Bad news
an annoying, disturbing, unwelcome thing or person; nuisance; troublemaker. Contemporary Examples This month, the number was 49.6 percent—bad news, and below 50 yet again. Slowdown: What’s Wrong With the Real Economy? Alex Klein September 3, 2012 It was clear enough to every American that Hitler and Tojo were bad news, and that was that. Is […]
- Bad news travels fast
bad news travels fast People are quick to discuss the misfortunes of others. Historical Examples bad news travels fast, and to the German people, who had been kept in ignorance of reverses, the news came with stunning effect. The Sequel George A. Taylor “bad news travels fast,” said Ballard, drawing a chair to the bedside. […]
- Bad off
not good in any manner or degree. having a wicked or evil character; morally reprehensible: There is no such thing as a bad boy. of poor or inferior quality; defective; deficient: a bad diamond; a bad spark plug. inadequate or below standard; not satisfactory for use: bad heating; Living conditions in some areas are very […]
- Bad paper
a less-than-honorable discharge from military service. Historical Examples Learn how to make that infernal note-book perfectly all right in spite of the bad paper. Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield One of these is the prevalence of bad paper, overladen with clay and with Modern methods. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2 Various noun phrase Worthless […]