fling mud at (one)

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fling mud at (one)

To disparage one, especially to the detriment of their reputation. I'm trying to maintain a fair and respectable campaign, and my opponent has no problem flinging mud at me!
See also: fling, mud
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Many people say that for a male person, bric-a-brac hunting is about as robust a business as making doll-clothes, or decorating Japanese pots with decalcomanie butterflies would be, and these people fling mud at the elegant Englishman, Byng, who wrote a book called THE BRIC-A-BRAC HUNTER, and make fun of him for chasing around after what they choose to call "his despicable trifles"; and for "gushing" over these trifles; and for exhibiting his "deep infantile delight" in what they call his "tuppenny collection of beggarly trivialities"; and for beginning his book with a picture of himself seated, in a "sappy, self-complacent attitude, in the midst of his poor little ridiculous bric-a-brac junk shop.
Instead, the public have been subjected to two years of name-calling, internet abuse and public squabbling as both sides of the argument fling mud at each other rather than grapple with the issues.
Nearly three weeks in which the incident was detected by way of a TV slow-motion action replay, Johnson was formally cited by Saracens and then both sides took it in turns to fling mud at each other.
He has used the MSPs' code of conduct to fling mud at his opponents, while at the same time it looks like he has been flagrantly breaching it.