damn by association

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damn by association

To condemn, vilify, or discredit someone or something due to an association with a particular person, group, or thing. The multinational corporation was damned by association when it came to light that an employee of one of its subsidiaries belonged to a white supremacist organization. After the terrorist attack, many people were quick to damn by association anyone who belonged to the same faith as the terrorists.
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Nobody seemed to notice Beardsley's subversions in the golden years before the Wilde scandal upset the boat, and Aubrey saw his work lying unpublished, damned by association with Wilde through The Yellow Book, a publication Wilde had carried under his ar m and which bore a Beardsley yellow and black dust jacket.
It's difficult to know where to start with the Yorkshireman's latest rant (poor Yorkshire, it's probably damned by association in some people's eyes).
Plonk yourself down next to "stinky" Smith, on the other hand, and you're damned by association.