take someone's name in vain

Definition of take someone's name in vain

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

nameplay
  1. :  a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing

    :  a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity

    :  a descriptive often disparaging epithet

  1. :  to give a name to :  call

    :  to mention or identify by name

    :  to accuse by name

  1. :  of, relating to, or bearing a name

    :  appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production

    :  having an established reputation

vainplay
  1. :  having no real value :  idle, worthless

    :  marked by futility or ineffectualness :  unsuccessful, useless

    :  foolish, silly


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