speak ill of
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- To vilify; to defame; to criticize.
2010 March, R Emmett Tyrrell Jr, “The Lost Liberals”, in American Spectator, volume 43, number 2, page 70:
- Jimmy Carter was the first former president to speak ill of a sitting president while on foreign soil
- (to vilify): talk shit (slang, vulgar)