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    Bad Mouthing..

    Hello everyone,
    Is there a Phrase "Bad Mouth somebody (or Bad mouthing about somebody). If not, what wil be one that means saying bad things about somebody at their back.
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    Re: Bad Mouthing..

    Yes. "To badmouth" somebody is to say bad things about them, usually behind their back (although not always). It's a slang (colloquial) expression.

    Maria is always badmouthing me.
    Jake badmouths his brother all the time.
    Christina was badmouthing Maria all evening.

    One thing: I've never heard it used in the past simple tense (Jake badmouthed his brother last night). The phrase always seems to be used to describe a continuous action.

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    Re: Bad Mouthing..

    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    Hello everyone,
    Is there a Phrase "Bad Mouth somebody (or Bad mouthing about somebody). If not, what wil be one that means saying bad things about somebody at their back.
    regards
    S
    Informally, "badmouth" or "bad-mouth" can be used as a verb. It, as you have said, means "to say bad things about somebody behind his/her back.

    It is a transitive verb, so you would say:

    badmouth somebody
    badmouthed somebody
    is/was badmouthing somebody

    just as with other verbs.

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    Re: Bad Mouthing..

    Thank you Teachers,
    I also learned its not AT but BEHIND my back that somebody would badmouth me.
    Thanks in deed

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    Re: Bad Mouthing..

    Quote Originally Posted by boothling View Post
    Yes. "To badmouth" somebody is to say bad things about them, usually behind their back (although not always). It's a slang (colloquial) expression.

    Maria is always badmouthing me.
    Jake badmouths his brother all the time.
    Christina was badmouthing Maria all evening.

    One thing: I've never heard it used in the past simple tense (Jake badmouthed his brother last night). The phrase always seems to be used to describe a continuous action.
    In AE, it is often used in the simple past.

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