damn by association

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damn by association

To condemn, vilify, or discredit someone or something due to an association with a particular person, group, or thing. The multinational corporation was damned by association when it came to light that an employee of one of its subsidiaries belonged to a white supremacist organization. After the terrorist attack, many people were quick to damn by association anyone who belonged to the same faith as the terrorists.
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DURING the torturous end to Jose Mourinho's United reign Scott McTominay was damned by association. He was considered a pawn in Mourinho's games, used as an example to tell some of United's star men exactly where they were going wrong.
It's difficult to know where to start with the Yorkshireman's latest rant (poor Yorkshire, it's probably damned by association in some people's eyes).
Perhaps Cattermole is finding it liberating to be judged on his own merits rather than damned by association. He added: "I have really clicked with him since he came here.
Plonk yourself down next to "stinky" Smith, on the other hand, and you're damned by association.
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