do someone dirt

do someone dirt

or

do the dirt on someone

AMERICAN
If someone does you dirt or does the dirt on you, they betray you or treat you very badly. They tell me you have done me dirt. Tell me it ain't true. There is an unofficial biography out of Nancy Reagan which is doing the dirt on her all over the place. Note: The usual British expression is do the dirty on someone.
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do someone dirt

harm someone maliciously. informal
1939 Nathaniel West The Day of the Locust I remember those who do me dirt and those who do me favors.
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do someone dirt

tv. to do ill to someone; to harm someone’s reputation. It seemed that the lawyer was determined to do me dirt right there in the courtroom.
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