give a bad name

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give a bad name (third-person singular simple present gives a bad name, present participle giving a bad name, simple past gave a bad name, past participle given a bad name)

  1. To cause people to lose respect, reverence or esteem for something or someone.
    • 1986, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, in Slippery When Wet, performed by Bon Jovi:
      Shot through the heart and you're to blame / Darling, you give love a bad name


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