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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
(Definition of take sb's name in vain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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