drag (one's) name through the mud

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drag (one's) name through the mud

To disparage someone publicly, especially to the detriment of their reputation. I'm trying to maintain a fair and respectable campaign, and Brad totally dragged my name through the mud! Don't drag my name through the mud—you're the one who messed up the budget!
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The sport's been dragged through the mud again," said Radcliffe from her Font Romeau base in the French Pyrenees.
People who act rather weirdly but have never been charged with a crime have their past dug up and their character dragged through the mud by reporters under pressure to obtain a story by any means.
Not a day has passed since the victim of sex beast Danny Foley bravely told her story and already some locals in Listowel are whingeing about their town being dragged through the mud.
The sport's been dragged through the mud again but it's necessary if we are to weed out and catch the drug cheats.
My name was dragged through the mud in 20 to 30 newspapers,'' Wygod told reporters.
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