mud sticks

mud sticks

It is very difficult to change bad impressions and opinions people hold about someone. Even though no charges were ever brought against her, a great number of people still viewed the candidate as some kind of criminal. Mud sticks, after all.
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mud sticks

mainly BRITISH
If you say that mud sticks, you mean that when something bad is said about someone, people will continue to believe it, although it may have been proved to be completely untrue. Everyone around thought that this kid had done something wrong and although it had not been proved, mud sticks. Note: People sometimes use this expression in different tenses. Whether he's innocent or not, some of the mud has stuck. Unfortunately for Mason, whatever the outcome of the trial, he will never be able to walk away from this story without some of the mud sticking.
See also: mud, stick

mud sticks

disparaging or malicious allegations are difficult to disprove or shake off.
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ˌmud ˈsticks

(also if you ˌthrow enough ˈmud, ˌsome of it will ˈstick) (saying) people remember and believe the bad things they hear about other people, even if they are shown to be false: Although he was proved innocent, mud sticks, and he found it very difficult to get a job afterwards.
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Mud sticks and the lives of decent people have been destroyed.
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It is painfully clear that even if these claims come to nothing, the mud sticks, with those on the receiving end having to run a gauntlet of whispers, distrust and undeserved shame.
I know they say that mud sticks but I do not think that will be the case for him.
Mud sticks, and whether or not Microsoft can quickly come up with answers overnight as to the inaccuracies in its videotaped deposition doesn't really matter to Boies.
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Those who attack the premises on which Himmelfarb's ideal society is based - a combination of laissez-faire and personal morality - are attacked at a personal level: Mayhew as a hack journalist, Ruskin as impotent, and so on - on the assumption that if the mud sticks, it invalidates the big ideas, rather in the manner of Chaloner and Henderson's assiduous efforts to prove that Engels went fox-hunting.
We had to answer questions from our sponsors after our club's name was dragged through the mud and mud sticks.