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

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