badmouth

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Calque from Mandinka.[1]

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badmouth (third-person singular simple present badmouths, present participle badmouthing, simple past and past participle badmouthed)

  1. (informal) To criticize or malign, especially unfairly or spitefully.

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  1. ^ Smitherman, Geneva (1977), Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America, Boston: Houghton Mifflin