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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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