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drag (one's) name through the mud

To disparage someone publicly, especially to the detriment of his or her 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!
See also: drag, mud, name, through

throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick

If you make enough attempts or guesses, some of them will be correct or useful. This is the latest version of my invention, and I think it's really going to work this time. Throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick, right? It took awhile, but we finally came up with some great ideas in the meeting today—throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick.
See also: enough, mud, of, stick, throw, will

be as clear as mud

To be difficult to see or understand. I guess I need to call a lawyer because these legal contracts are as clear as mud.
See also: clear, mud

stick in the mud

Someone who is considered boring, often due to unpopular or outdated beliefs. Sally was tired of being called a stick in the mud by her friends just because she refused to drink alcohol. Just because I don't like roller coasters doesn't mean I'm a stick in a mud—I like lots of other fun things!
See also: mud, stick

(as) clear as mud

Difficult to see or understand; not clear at all. I guess I need to call a lawyer because these legal contracts are as clear as mud.
See also: clear, mud

Bottoms up!

 and Here's looking at you.; Here's mud in your eye.; Here's to you.
Inf. an expression said as a toast when people are drinking together. (Alludes to the bottoms of the drinking glasses.) Bill: Bottoms up. Tom: Here's mud in your eye. Bill: Ah, that one was good. Care for another?
See also: Bottom

*clear as mud

1. Cliché not clear at all. (*Also: as ~.) Your swimming pool needs cleaning; the water is clear as mud.
2. Cliché not easy to understand. (*Also: as ~.) This physics chapter is clear as mud to me. I did all the reading, but it's still as clear as mud.
See also: clear, mud

one's name is mud

Fig. one is in trouble or humiliated. If I can't get this contract signed, my name will be mud. His name is mud ever since he broke the crystal vase.
See also: mud, name


Fig. a dull and old-fashioned person. Don't be such an old stick-in-the-mud. some stick-in-the-mud objected to the kind of music we wanted to play in church.

(as) clear as mud

very difficult to understand His traffic directions were as clear as mud.
Usage notes: used to humorously explain that there was a problem
Opposite of: (as) plain as day
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be as clear as mud

to be impossible to understand 'Does that make sense?' 'Yes, it's as clear as mud.'
See also: clear, mud

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

Here's mud in your eye!

something that you say in order to wish success or happiness to someone who is drinking with you Well, here's mud in your eye! I hope you'll both be very happy together.
See also: mud

Mud sticks.

  (British & Australian)
something that you say which means it is difficult to make people change their bad opinion of someone The court cleared him of fraud, but mud sticks.
See also: mud, stick

sling/throw mud at somebody

if someone slings mud at another person, they try to make other people have a low opinion of them by saying unpleasant things about them Companies should think carefully before slinging mud at someone who may respond with a libel action costing millions of dollars.
See also: mud, sling

somebody's name is mud

if someone's name is mud, other people are angry with that person because of something they have done or said Well he'd better turn up tonight or his name will be mud.
See also: mud, name

a stick-in-the-mud

someone who has old-fashioned ideas and does not want to try new activities 'Anyway, I'm not interested in married men.' 'Oh, don't be such a stick-in-the-mud.'

clear as mud

Murky, obscure, totally unclear, as in The translation of these directions is clear as mud. This ironic phrase always indicates that something is far from clear. [Early 1800s]
See also: clear, mud

my name is mud

see under name is mud.
See also: mud, name

name is mud, one's

One is in trouble, disgraced, or discredited, as in If they find out I broke it, my name will be mud, or If his estimate is completely wrong, his name will be mud. A popular theory for this expression's origin derives it from Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who was convicted as conspirator after he set the broken ankle of President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. But the expression was first recorded in 1823, when mud was slang for a stupid person or fool, a usage dating from the early 1700s. Later the term mud simply alluded to discredit.
See also: name

sling mud at

Insult or discredit someone, as in The paper became famous for slinging mud at movie stars. This term replaced throw mud at, which dates from the second half of the 1700s.
See also: mud, sling

(as) clear as mud

mod. not understandable at all. All of this is clear as mud to me.
See also: clear, mud

clear as mud

See also: clear, mud

Here’s mud in your eye

sent. I salute you. (A jocular drinking toast.) Here’s mud in your eye. Bottoms up!
See also: eye, mud

mud duck

n. an ugly person. She’s a mud duck, but she’s got a sense of humor.
See also: duck, mud

stick in the mud

n. a dull and old-fashioned person. Don’t be such an old stick in the mud.
See also: mud, stick

your name is mud

A dishonored reputation. Folk etymology would have it that “mud” is really “Mudd,” as in Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who was imprisoned for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth and then treating Booth's broken leg following Lincoln's assassination. However, the phrase was recorded some twenty years before Lincoln died. In truth, one 19th-century meaning of “mud” was a fool (as in a rustic clodhopper), not a good epithet to have attached to your good name.
See also: mud, name
References in classic literature ?
The bullocks went off into the long hissing snorts that Indian cattle give, and pushed and crowded and slued and stamped and slipped and nearly fell down in the mud, grunting savagely.
The boat, which I judged a small skiff from the quick stroke of the oars, was landing in the mud about fifty yards up the beach.
Any place was safer than the island, and I turned instinctively to the water, or rather to the mud.
Does the black fetid mud, abounding with organic matter, yield the sulphur and ultimately the sulphuric acid?
The mud is so soft that it is impossible to walk over them, even for the shortest distance.
When the horses were swollen out to about twice their natural dimensions (there seems to be an idea here, that this kind of inflation improves their going), we went forward again, through mud and mire, and damp, and festering heat, and brake and bush, attended always by the music of the frogs and pigs, until nearly noon, when we halted at a place called Belleville.
The horses belonging to the bar, the judge, and witnesses, were tied to temporary racks set up roughly in the road; by which is to be understood, a forest path, nearly knee-deep in mud and slime.
She was very cleanly and plainly dressed, had country mud upon her shoes, and was newly come from a journey.
Heedless of the smoke and mud and wet, and of her two long journeys, she was gazing at it, as if the heavy thrum that issued from its many stories were proud music to her.
Away they fly, splashing through the mud, and rattling along the pavements:
Oliver lay, covered with mud and dust, and bleeding from the mouth, looking wildly round upon the heap of faces that surrounded him, when the old gentleman was officiously dragged and pushed into the circle by the foremost of the pursuers.
cried old Wardle, leaping out of his own vehicle, and pointing to one covered with wet mud, which was standing in the yard.
Jingle, completely coated with mud thrown up by the wheels, was plainly discernible at the window of his chaise; and the motion of his arm, which was waving violently towards the postillions, denoted that he was encouraging them to increased exertion.
The startling object which thus made an epoch for uncle Pullet was no other than little Lucy, with one side of her person, from her small foot to her bonnet-crown, wet and discolored with mud, holding out two tiny blackened hands, and making a very piteous face.
he added, pointing to a peninsula of dry grass, with trodden mud on each side of it; for Tom's contemptuous conception of a girl included the attribute of being unfit to walk in dirty places.