take someone's name in vain

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Definition of take someone's name in vain

: to use (a name, especially the name of God) in a way that does not show proper respect (humorous) Were you talking about me? I thought I heard someone taking my name in vain.

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“Take someone's name in vain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20someone%27s%20name%20in%20vain. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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