bad with

ironman2012

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

Streep herself has described Florence as “aspirational and terrible, moving and amusing.” Florence was not just bad, she points out: “she was bad with heart.” And it’s this heartstring-tugging combination of hilarity and pathos that proves so winning, especially in Frears’s brilliant film.

(This comes from bbc.com Why Florence Foster Jenkins was the world's worst singer by By Clemency Burton-Hill on 6 May 2016.)

What does the blue part mean? What does 'with' here mean?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    She was a bad singer, but she put her heart into her singing.

    "Bad with heart" seems to be a phrase that the writer has made up, not an established one, but it's understandable from the context. The "with" indicates that the bad singing was accompanied by (came with) enthusiasm and effort.
     
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