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pan

Meaning: to strongly criticize someone or something

For example:

  • Most of Kevin Costner's movies have been panned by the critics.

  • The previous president's performance in office has been panned by just about everyone.

Quick Quiz:

A book that has been panned by most literary critics and book reviewers is probably
  1. not very good
  2. very challenging
  3. a great read

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