be dragged through the mud

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be dragged through the mud

To be disparaged publicly, especially to the detriment of one's reputation. I tried to maintain a fair and respectable campaign until I was totally dragged through the mud by my opponent. I refuse to be dragged through the mud when you're the one who messed up the budget!
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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.
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thereputation of has dragged through the Graeme Labour MSP Graeme Pearson, a former deputy chief constable of Strathclyde Police, said: "The reputation of our police officers has been dragged through the mud because of decisions made by the chief constable and SNP Ministers.
Former BCCI chiefs call for IPL- 7 scrap BAD enough that the Indian Premier League has been dragged through the mud due to the greed of a few, but the fact that N.
The sport's been dragged through the mud again but it's necessary if we are to weed out and catch the drug cheats.
The sport's been dragged through the mud again," said Marathon record holder Radcliffe, "but in the end it is necessary if we are going to weed out and catch the drug cheats.
And to make jeans look like they've been dragged through the mud, designers spray on dyes in shades of brown, green, or purple.
His name's been dragged through the mud and his relationship with one of his daughters has broken down.
I am very angry over the way I've been treated because I feel my name has been dragged through the mud to spare Celtic's blushes.