throw mud

throw mud

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 throwing mud!
See also: mud, throw

fling/sling/throw ˈmud (at somebody)

(informal) try to damage somebody’s reputation by telling other people bad things about them: Just before an election, politicians really start to sling mud at each other. ▶ ˈmud-slinging noun: There’s too much mud-slinging by irresponsible journalists.
See also: fling, mud, sling, throw
References in classic literature ?
They want to throw mud at you, prince, and you must be triumphantly vindicated.
You can only throw mud at the men who have risked their lives to open new fields to science.
In fact, when they want to throw mud they have not to stoop at all.
You propose to throw mud at us; you believe, you hope, that some of it may stick.
Good thing that Duque, also a health secretary during the Arroyo administration, is not the type to grandstand, sow distrust, or throw mud at his immediate predecessors to make pogi points for himself.
Some have started to throw mud at the ministry he leads.
Instead Brown chooses to throw mud at Barclays, a bank that refused a state rescue package at the time, unlike his two Scottish banks closer to home.
I could just as easily throw mud at some of the more unsavoury fellow travellers of Jeremy and some of his most vocal supporters.
His opponents will sure do everything in their power to throw mud and dirt on the frontrunner.
Don't throw mud at the wall and hope that things stick.
He said: "We are not complacent but we believe that we are doing well in Wales and we believe that David Cameron's attempt to talk down Wales is actually backring on him in the sense that consistently he has tried to avoid answering questions by trying to throw mud at others.
Other parties also expel people but there was no other example where a person expelled from the party was allowed to throw mud on the party and its leadership as has been done in case of the MQM.
We are not considering the SIT because we don't want the CBI or the police or the media to throw mud on cricketers," Patnaik said.
The Tories are trying their best to throw mud at the Labour Party, knowing that some of it will stick in any case.