Idiom:  name names


Idiom:  name names

  • to say the exact name of the person who is doing something wrong

Example sentences

  • I don’t know who was smoking in the house this afternoon while I was out but if someone doesn’t name names soon, you’re all going to be punished.
  • I didn’t steal that girl’s purse but I know who I did. Sadly, the person is a bully and if I name names it would be much worse than the punishment I’m currently receiving.
  • Our fraternity pledge makes us promise we'll never name names about anything.
  • The police chief has just announced a $10,000 reward for anyone who will name names about the shooting.
  • I really don't want to name names, but Earl was the person who pulled the fire alarm.
  • Sorry, but if I didn't name names I would have been suspended and lost my scholarship.
  • My parents forced me to name names but I lied.
  • Either someone name names, or everyone gets detention.


  • name and shame
  • give a dog a bad name

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