drag (someone or something) through the dirt

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drag (someone or something) through the dirt

To say or do something that tarnishes someone or something's reputation. It's very unfortunate that a disgruntled former employee has begun dragging our company's good name through the dirt.
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drag someone or something through the dirt (or mud)

make damaging allegations about someone or something.
1998 Economist The deputy prime minister…is having his name dragged through the mud.
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It's sad to see the former chief of the Kids' Company charity being dragged through the dirt for mismanagement of an organisation that has been a lifeline for whole communities of neglected, abused children in inner-city London.
Camila Batmanghelidjh is being dragged through the dirt like a common criminal, when her only crime was to put the children she loves before the important stuff we all hate: paperwork and finances.
A day ill the life of a fire hose: dragged through the dirt, run over, tugged on and subjected to lots of pressure.
ITALIAN football has been dragged through the dirt this summer by the Serie A match-fixing scandal.
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