speak well/poorly for

Definition of speak well/poorly for

chiefly US

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice :  talk

    :  to express thoughts, opinions, or feelings orally

    :  to extend a greeting

  1. :  an issue of water from the earth :  a pool fed by a spring

    :  source, origin

    :  a pit or hole sunk into the earth to reach a supply of water

  1. :  to rise to the surface and usually flow forth

    :  to rise like a flood of liquid

    :  to emit in a copious free flow

  1. :  in a good or proper manner :  justly, rightly

    :  satisfactorily with respect to conduct or action

    :  in a kindly or friendly manner

  1. : used to indicate resumption of discourse or to introduce a remark

    : used to express surprise or expostulation

  1. :  prosperous, well-off

    :  being in satisfactory condition or circumstances

    :  being in good standing or favor

  1. :  in a poor condition or manner

    :  in an inferior or imperfect way :  badly

  1. :  somewhat ill :  indisposed

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to criticize severely

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