give someone a bad name


1. damage someone's reputation






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you're giving me a bad name

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If you 'give someone a bad name' or 'give something a bad name' it means to spoil or damage its reputation. "Your behaviour last night gave the company a bad name." "I feel that Jennifer is saying things about me that are not true and giving me a bad name." This is an idiomatic expression used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. Your criticism of me is unfair and it's giving me a bad name.
  2. The intern's laziness and lack of discipline gave him a bad name among his colleagues.
  3. If this keeps going on, you're going to give us all a bad name.

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  1. Any incompetence or lawbreaking within our industry gives everybody a bad name.
  2. If you keep delivering work late you are going to get a bad name for yourself in this department.
  3. I would prefer if anyone has a problem with my work that they address it to me personally rather than criticising me behind my back and giving me a bad name.

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