sling mud

sling mud

To disparage someone, especially to the detriment of their reputation. I'm trying to maintain a fair and respectable campaign, and my opponent has no problem slinging mud!
See also: mud, sling

sling mud

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throw mud

COMMON If one person slings mud or throws mud at another, they say bad things about them in an attempt to spoil their reputation. The elections have been straight personality contests, with the candidates slinging as much mud at their opponents as they can manage. The newspaper and magazine articles that followed were especially vicious, with supporters of both stars quick to throw mud. Note: You can describe this kind of behaviour as mud-slinging or mud-throwing. Labour and Tory chiefs have ordered an end to political mud-slinging. Note: These expressions are used to show disapproval.
See also: mud, sling

fling/sling/throw ˈmud (at somebody)

(informal) try to damage somebody’s reputation by telling other people bad things about them: Just before an election, politicians really start to sling mud at each other. ▶ ˈmud-slinging noun: There’s too much mud-slinging by irresponsible journalists.
See also: fling, mud, sling, throw
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If the Chairman NAB believes that it is fair game to sling mud at politicians through unsubstantiated accusations, then he should not have a problem holding himself accountable for his actions in front of the nation by explaining his actions on the media, she said.
I'm quiet but I'm passionate about making our country a better place.' He quotes another Netflix series, 'Designated Survivor': 'Don't sling mud, sling hope.'
He said that the allegations had been made to sling mud at him and divert attention from the real issues.
We also cannot win the war on corruption if we wake up each day to sling mud at our political opponents.
This wasn't just to sling mud or done irresponsibly," he said.
Most importantly, our leadership should learn not only to sling mud at one another but realise and fix the wrong within their own circles.
If you try to sling mud at the sun, the mud will only land on yourself," Shah told media later.
These are the people elected to look after the interests of their constituents, but they are so busy thinking of ways to sling mud when they should be supporting this venture.
"It's normal for spacecraft to re-enter the atmosphere, yet Tiangong-1 received so much attention, partly because some Western countries are trying to hype and sling mud at China's fast-growing aerospace industry," it said.
"It's normal for spacecraft to re-enter the atmosphere, yet Tiangong-1 received so much attention partly because some Western countries are trying to hype and sling mud at China's fast-growing aerospace industry," the tabloid Global Times said.
He said some charges were exaggerated and were made after the war based on the agendas of a few to sling mud at the country.
In sheer opposition of the Sharif brothers, the political cousins Imran Khan, Asif Ali Zardari and Maulana Tahirul Qadri, who once used to sling mud at each other, have come closer once again.
As this writer has written to Ankajan seeking his comment on has criminal activities, he is trying to be one-up and sling mud at this writer by his libelous comments, regarding which our lawyers are presently studying and a court action against the website and Ankajan would be instituted.
We boast of being conservative or religious people and sling mud at the West, particularly Europe.
Still, there will be real-life drama aplenty in the coming days as the parties sling mud and maul manifestos.