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This page is about the slang term 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 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

a. more people to see it

b. fewer people to see it

c. nobody to see it

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Contributor: Matt Errey