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rubbish British English

Meaning: to make very negative comments, to strongly criticise

For example:

  • British newspapers nearly always rubbish local sports teams when they don't do well in international competitions.

  • Why does that guitarist in Oasis always rubbish other bands? I don't think I've ever heard him say anything nice about another band, except for The Beatles.

Variety: This slang is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

If a popular film critic rubbishes a new movie, we'd expect
  1. more people to see it
  2. fewer people to see it
  3. nobody to see it

Discuss: rubbish

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