speak well/poorly for

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to express thoughts, opinions, or feelings orally

  3. : to extend a greeting

  1. used to form especially nonce words denoting a particular kind of jargon

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

  2. : source, origin

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

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

  2. : to rise like a flood of liquid

  3. : to emit in a copious free flow

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

  2. : satisfactorily with respect to conduct or action

  3. : in a kindly or friendly manner

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

  2. used to express surprise or expostulation

  1. : prosperous, well-off

  2. : being in satisfactory condition or circumstances

  3. : being in good standing or favor

poorly play
  1. : in a poor condition or manner

  1. : somewhat ill : indisposed


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