take in vain
phrasal to use (a name) profanely or without proper respect

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • take in vain — verb use a name, such as God, without proper respect • Hypernyms: ↑pervert, ↑misuse, ↑abuse • Verb Frames: Somebody s something * * * phrasal Etymology: ME taken in vain …   Useful english dictionary

  • To take in vain — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take someone's name in vain — take someone’s name in vain often humorous phrase to talk about someone in a way that shows a lack of respect for them Thesaurus: to show that you do not respect someone or somethingsynonym Main entry: vain * * * I see vain …   Useful english dictionary

  • In vain — Vain Vain, n. Vanity; emptiness; now used only in the phrase in vain. [1913 Webster] {For vain}. See {In vain}. [Obs.] Shak. {In vain}, to no purpose; without effect; ineffectually. In vain doth valor bleed. Milton. In vain they do worship me.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • in vain — {adv. phr.} 1. Without effect; without getting the desired result; without success. * /The drowning man called in vain for help./ * /To cry over spilled milk is to cry in vain./ Compare: GO FOR NOTHING, NO USE. 2. See: TAKE ONE S NAME IN VAIN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in vain — {adv. phr.} 1. Without effect; without getting the desired result; without success. * /The drowning man called in vain for help./ * /To cry over spilled milk is to cry in vain./ Compare: GO FOR NOTHING, NO USE. 2. See: TAKE ONE S NAME IN VAIN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take someone's name in vain — take (someone s) name in vain humorous to say someone s name when they are not there, usually when you are criticizing them. Did I hear someone taking my name in vain? …   New idioms dictionary

  • take name in vain — take (someone s) name in vain humorous to say someone s name when they are not there, usually when you are criticizing them. Did I hear someone taking my name in vain? …   New idioms dictionary

  • take someone's name in vain — ► take someone s name in vain use someone s name in a way that shows a lack of respect. Main Entry: ↑vain …   English terms dictionary

  • take somebody's name in vain — take sb s name in ˈvain f12 idiom to show a lack of respect when using sb s name: (humorous) Have you been taking my name in vain again? Main entry: ↑nameidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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