speak well/poorly for

idiom

Definition of speak well/poorly for

chiefly US
: to show that (something or someone) does or does not deserve to be praised, admired, etc. It speaks well for the company that it donates so much money to local charities. The test results speak poorly for our school system.

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“Speak well/poorly for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speak%20well%2Fpoorly%20for. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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