To speak well for


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To speak well for to commend; to be favorable to.
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  • William Congreve
    “In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.”


In literature:

They are too young for regular lessons, but they already know French fairly well, and would soon be able to speak fluently.
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It's all very well for you to speak of Hamish and Dan, but the weight must fall on you.
"Shenac's Work at Home" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Though, speaking for myself, I used to find them, when well treated, a nice, clean, gentle sort of people.
"Begumbagh" by George Manville Fenn
I could not speak French well enough to pass for a Frenchmen, and Larry's tongue would at once have betrayed him.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
She was anxious not to have to speak to Gwen, for she knew she had not behaved well towards her.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
Don't speak to me for a minute or two, and I shall be well.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
Now it is not well for a daughter to speak unkindly of her father; but this what I now say is true.
"A Memory Of The Southern Seas" by Louis Becke
Well for thee, foolish child, that thou didst not speak to him!
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
It was as well that there should be some extreme Radicals to speak for the poorest.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
He knew her too well to interrupt her, and took a seat near her, waiting for her to speak.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

Perhaps he never told you!
Perhaps you know quite well,
And beg me not to scold you
For you can't speak to tell!
"Dr. Doddridges Dog" by George MacDonald
I know who shook the fowls! ... Then do not seek
To try my patience over much, for lo,
You're doomed if but one little word I speak;
For well I know
Who killed the dog and set the house alight
And robbed the clothes-line at the dead o' night.
"Aha! Beware" by C J Dennis
Then softly stepping from the sleigh came Father Tim McGee,
And speaking in his gentle way: :Accept my Cross," said he.
"For other treasures have I none, their guilty gold to swell . . .
Please take this crucifix, my son, and may it serve you well."
"Black Moran" by Robert W Service

In news:

The bars that major in mixology – "purpose-built" for it, so to speak -- stand out from the Johnny-come-latelies, as well they should.
Well win or loose no matter what happens with NBA's Portland Trail Blazers this season, it seems like most of Laredo is rooting for head coach Kaleb even the Mayor Salinas is inspired by his story after speaking to Kaleb earlier today.
Queen Latifah's clothing line for HSN is doing really well, which, speaks to the market that the plus-sized women are looking for.
Tebowmania is apparently alive, and well, in the New York/New Jersey area, after a New Jersey man was recently arrested for calling 911, demanding to speak to Tim Tebow, of the New York Jets.
(AP) — A well-known gay-rights advocate from Uganda is visiting Connecticut to speak out against legislation in his country that would make homosexuality a capital felony for some.

In science:

For such result we need, roughly speaking, the set of deepest traps AN • to support most of the stationary measure ν . • to consist of well separated points, • to be unlikely to be hit in a short time, • to have comparable escape probabilities from different points.
Universality of trap models in the ergodic time scale
The start of my visit to Canada speaks well for the visibility of particle physics here.
Conference Summary (5th Int. Conf. on Hyperons, Charm, and Beauty Hadrons)
These are not likely to be a significant problem for the designed sensor, shown schematically in Fig. 1, where 4 mm x axis gaps provide distance for the fields and gradients to fall off, as well as an effective dilution of the smaller length scale variations (Speake, 1996).
Possibilities for Measurement and Compensation of Stray DC Electric Fields Acting on Drag-Free Test Masses
In other words, there is no discrepancy to speak of between the lattice and sum rule results for the masses of the light quarks – the size of ms and mud is well understood.
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics
The reasons for this loss of power are well known: loosely speaking, many strongly dependent test-statistics carry only the information equivalent to fewer “effective” tests.
Asymptotic optimality of the Westfall--Young permutation procedure for multiple testing under dependence