Damn with Faint Praise
To praise with such a voice and in such measured terms as to
show plainly secret disapproval.
Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer.
Pope: Epistle to Arbuthnot.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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