call names
phrasal to address or speak of a person or thing contemptuously or offensively

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • call names — index defame, denigrate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • call names — ► call names insult (someone) verbally. Main Entry: ↑name …   English terms dictionary

  • call names — phrasal : to address or speak of a person or thing with contemptuous or offensive names * * * call names To abuse verbally • • • Main Entry: ↑name …   Useful english dictionary

  • call names — call (someone) names to use impolite or unpleasant words to describe someone. I was afraid that if I wore glasses to school, the other kids would call me names. It s a good thing he didn t hear me earlier I was calling him all the names under the …   New idioms dictionary

  • call names — call by mean names, use hurtful names (like stupid, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • call names — {v. phr.} To use ugly or unkind words when speaking to someone or when talking about someone. Usually used by or to children. * /Bill got so mad he started calling Frank names./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • call names — {v. phr.} To use ugly or unkind words when speaking to someone or when talking about someone. Usually used by or to children. * /Bill got so mad he started calling Frank names./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • call\ names — v. phr. To use ugly or unkind words when speaking to someone or when talking about someone. Usually used by or to children. Bill got so mad he started calling Frank names …   Словарь американских идиом

  • call names — verb To insult somebody childishly; to engage in name calling …   Wiktionary

  • To call names — Name Name (n[=a]m), n. [AS. nama; akin to D. naam, OS. & OHG. namo, G. name, Icel. nafn, for namn, Dan. navn, Sw. namn, Goth. nam[=o], L. nomen (perh. influenced by noscere, gnoscere, to learn to know), Gr. o mona, Scr. n[=a]man. [root]267. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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