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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!
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 a while, 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Someone who is considered boring, often due to unpopular or outdated beliefs.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

here's mud in your eye

A convivial toast to one's drinking companions. The phrase is meant to be ironic. I'd like to propose a toast. To all my best friends, who all came here tonight to see me off. Here's mud in your eye!
See also: eye, mud


1. adjective Characterized by trying to find out unpleasant information about someone, so as to damage his or her public reputation. (Used before a noun.) I think your "newspaper" is just gossipy trash written by muck-raking vultures.
2. noun The act of gathering such information. I hate the muck-raking that goes on ad nauseum during an election season.

mud sticks

It is very difficult to change bad impressions and opinions people hold about someone. Even though there no charges were ever brought against her, a great number of people still viewed the candidate as some kind of criminal. Mud sticks, after all.
See also: mud, stick

sling mud at (one)

To disparage someone, especially to the detriment of their reputation. I'm trying to maintain a fair and respectable campaign, and my opponent has no problem slinging mud at me!
See also: mud, sling

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.

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

clear as mud

If something is as clear as mud, it is confusing and difficult to understand. The instructions are about as clear as mud! Note: You usually use this expression in a humorous way.
See also: clear, mud

be dragged through the mud

If someone is dragged through the mud, people say bad things about them to ruin their reputation. Why do they get every legal protection, while witnesses are grilled and dragged through the mud? Note: You can also say that someone's name is dragged through the mud. Since her death her name has been dragged through the mud. Note: Words such as mire, dirt or filth are sometimes used instead of mud. The good name of football has been dragged through the dirt in recent years by a series of high-profile court cases.
See also: drag, mud, through

mud sticks

mainly BRITISH
If you say that mud sticks, you mean that when something bad is said about someone, people will continue to believe it, although it may have been proved to be completely untrue. Everyone around thought that this kid had done something wrong and although it had not been proved, mud sticks. Note: People sometimes use this expression in different tenses. Whether he's innocent or not, some of the mud has stuck. Unfortunately for Mason, whatever the outcome of the trial, he will never be able to walk away from this story without some of the mud sticking.
See also: mud, stick

sling mud


throw mud

COMMON If one person slings mud or throws mud at another, they say bad things about them in an attempt to spoil their reputation. The elections have been straight personality contests, with the candidates slinging as much mud at their opponents as they can manage. The newspaper and magazine articles that followed were especially vicious, with supporters of both stars quick to throw mud. Note: You can describe this kind of behaviour as mud-slinging or mud-throwing. Labour and Tory chiefs have ordered an end to political mud-slinging. Note: These expressions are used to show disapproval.
See also: mud, sling

a stick-in-the-mud

If you call someone a stick-in-the-mud, you mean they are old-fashioned or boring and do not like doing new things or having fun. I felt sorry for him because he obviously wanted to enjoy himself but was married to a real stick-in-the-mud. Call me a stick-in-the-mud, but I just prefer the more traditional ways of doing things. Note: You can use stick-in-the-mud before a noun. He's going to let an opportunity pass him by, with his stick-in-the-mud attitude. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval.

someone's name is mud

If you say that someone's name is mud, you mean that they have said or done something which has made them very unpopular with a particular group of people. His name has been mud at the Telegraph since he left to work for a rival newspaper. Note: This expression may refer to Dr Samuel Mudd. John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, broke his leg while trying to escape and was treated by Dr Mudd. Although Mudd did not know what his patient had done when he was treating him, he was put in prison and he and his family were hated for many years.
See also: mud, name

(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
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