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damn someone/thing with faint praise

Definition of damn someone/thing with faint praise in English:

Praise someone or something so unenthusiastically as to imply condemnation: it was a wretched review, damning poor Lisa with faint praise
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  • In truth, she damns her idols with faint praise.
  • It was generally a good experience for him, but he damns his teachers with faint praise; they were adequate, but uninspiring.
  • He opens by damning the piece with faint praise, calling it ‘well-intentioned,’ possessing ‘merits of its own.’
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