speak well/poorly for

idiom

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.

Examples of speak well/poorly for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The presence of an 89- and an 87-win team in the NLCS does not speak well for the concept that the best team will make off with a World Series championship. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2022 That doesn’t speak well for the care that legislators ostensibly lavished on their handiwork the first time around. Michael Hiltzikbusiness Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 The Portland Trail Blazers, for all of their issues, are still very much in a position to reach the play-in round of the NBA playoffs, which doesn’t speak well for the postseason process of the depth in the Western Conference. oregonlive, 9 Jan. 2022 Consumers care about sustainability, so this is a case that does not speak well for the company. Greg Petro, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021

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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 23 Apr. 2024.

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