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wallow in the mire

To remain stuck in an undesirable or negative situation due to one's unwillingness to do something to change. Jane left you six months ago—it's time to stop wallowing in the mire and get back to living your life.
See also: mire, wallow

drag somebody's name through the mire/mud

to tell people about something bad that someone has done so that people will have a bad opinion of them Her name was dragged through the mud after she admitted offering money in return for votes.
See also: drag, mire, name, through