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English definition of “take sb's name in vain”

take sb's name in vain

UK humorous
to criticize someone or talk about someone without respect , especially when they are not thereInsults and abuseTreating people or animals badly Grammar:Names and titles: addressing peopleWhen we talk to someone directly, we use names and titles:
(Definition of take sb's name in vain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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