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TO SPEAK. This term is used in the English law, to signify the permission given by a court to the prosecutor and defendant in some cases of misdemeanor, to agree together, after which the prosecutor comes into court and declares himself to be satisfied; when the court pass a nominal sentence. 1 Chit. Pr. 17.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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who got on with everyone he met and spoke ill of no-one."
The 33-year-old man was quoted by the police as saying that he went to the television station because it had spoke ill of him.
Several organisations representing members of the French Resistance and Holocaust survivors filed actions against Hans Muench (89) following an interview he gave to French radio in which he spoke ill of gypsies.
For a while, he spoke ill against the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.
KARACHI -- Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan Wednesday said no body would be allowed to harm the country's solidarity, integrity and honour and that those who spoke ill against Pakistan would be dealt with sternly.