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When someone always speak with criticising

Posted by Serge Liberman on February 22, 2005

In Reply to: When someone always speak with criticising posted by Serge Liberman on February 22, 2005

: : any phrase that bring the meaning of someone that always give no good comment but only criticising? pls let me know asap. many thanks
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: Here's one I've come across:

: A carper can cavil at anything.

: Serge.

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And still another: (from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable)- "a Thracian dog" referring to the forever carping critic Zoilus of Ancient Greece:

"Like curs, our critics haunt the poet's feast,
And feed on scraps refused by every guest,
From the old Thracian dog they learned the way
To snarl in want, and grumble o'er their prey."

Pitt: "To Mr Spence.

Serge