bad-mouth

[ bad-mouth or, sometimes, -mouth ]SEE DEFINITION OF bad-mouth
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WORD ORIGIN

"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.

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