damn with faint praise
To criticize someone or something indirectly by giving a slight compliment: “When the critic remarked that Miller's book was ‘not as bad as some I've read,’ she was obviously damning it with faint praise.”
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Example sentences from the Web for damn with faint praise
American lawmakers were quick to praise the military operation.
But damn, the music is catchy—a neo-soul aural assault of horns, electro swirls, yelps, funky basslines, and harmonized vocals.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Special praise goes to Kudrow for the way she broadened the scope of Valerie Cherish in Season 2.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They even released a (pretty damn weak) hip-hop song on SoundCloud recounting their antics.
He had just as much right to be there as any other damn body.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’|Peter Guralnick|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As such it is now presented to the public for whatever meed of praise or censure it is found to deserve.
The faint candle-light glimmered on a ponderous gilded cornice, which had also sustained violence.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
It was difficult to describe—a little sterner, a little wilder, a faint emphasis of the barbaric peering through it.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
Nations shall declare his wisdom, and the church shall shew forth his praise.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Man's enthusiasm in praise of a fellow mortal, is soon damped by the original sin of his nature—rebellious pride!The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Idioms and Phrases with damn with faint praise
Compliment so feebly that it amounts to no compliment at all, or even implies condemnation. For example, The reviewer damned the singer with faint praise, admiring her dress but not mentioning her voice. This idea was already expressed in Roman times by Favorinus (c. a.d. 110) but the actual expression comes from Alexander Pope's Epistle to Doctor Arbuthnot (1733): “Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, and, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer.”