Idiom:  call someone names


Idiom:  call someone names

  • to describe someone with rude or insulting words

Example sentences

— It’s really childish to call your wife names when you disagree, and it’s going to harm your relationship over time.

— When I was in school, the other kids called me names like “whale,” “blubber,” and “lard ass.”

— President Trump is the biggest bully of all, calling everyone he doesn't like names.

— Did the kids call you names in junior high too?

— I was so shocked the first time the receptionist called me names. The second time, I reported her to the HR director.

— It's been really upsetting hearing the other kids call my son names like "Dumbo" because of his ears.

— I admit we've called our boss names, but they're all accurate.

— If we hear you call Sharon any more names, you're going to be grounded for a month.

— Rappers call each other names constantly in their music.


  • sling mud at someone
  • put someone down
  • trash talk

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