sling mud at

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.
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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
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We boast of being conservative or religious people and sling mud at the West, particularly Europe.
After Labour part-privatised the NHS through PFI, and at a time when the Labour administration in Wales has messed up the health system so badly that people are crossing the border to use the English system, they're hardly in a position to sling mud at Ukip
He said when developing the country various segments sling mud at the government.
Platini also insists refs make honest mistakes but now he wants to play Columbo and sling mud at them.
I can't help but feel this was the DFL's way of trying to sling mud at the Church in response to the marriage DVD," said Ray Marshall, a CDL board member.
These are not just Catholics who want to preserve the Catholic values they cherish; they are rather those who, as careless of the truth as political consultants, sling mud at followers of the Second Vatican Council.
He used the occasion to sling mud at the place where he sat for 23 years and said it had suffered an extraordinary decline during his time.
media treats Israel with "kid gloves," it surely can't hurt to simultaneously sling mud at the organization that has demonstrated otherwise.
Instead of PASYDY concerning itself with the serious problem of what people -- including public employees themselves -- are saying about the current situation in the civil service, instead of being concerned that some 30 per cent of civil servants are saying that it takes bribery for the state machine to work, which is an unprecedented thing to hear, Mr Hadjipetrou is trying to sling mud at the researcher", he said.
My husband would have been more than happy to work with the PJA, rather than "publicly sling mud at it", but that is a mite difficult when it is not in touch with you.
Labour and Liberal Democrat activists in Birmingham's troubled Aston ward continued to sling mud at each other yesterday, as a bitter city council election campaign entered its final week.
It is very tempting to sling mud at them through your columns but that would be putting oneself at their level.
It's also not terribly clever to sling mud at her in interviews as their kids - who already have enough to contend with - will no doubt be tormented by their school friends.
Are we going to have at least another half a year of two candidates for the highest office in the nation continue to sling mud at each other?