throw mud

throw 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 throwing mud!
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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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They want to throw mud at you, prince, and you must be triumphantly vindicated.
You can only throw mud at the men who have risked their lives to open new fields to science.
One who is an Emperor and King may stoop down to pick up a brush for a painter, but when the democracy stoops down it is merely to throw mud. And yet the democracy have not so far to stoop as the emperor.
You propose to throw mud at us; you believe, you hope, that some of it may stick.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying reacted to the move in an online statement, saying, "The abuse of state power by the United States to unscrupulously and deliberately throw mud at and suppress specific Chinese enterprises seriously undermines the image of the United States and its own interests", Asia News reported.
But even if the documents do throw mud at Andrew, it won't stick - he's way too slippery for that.
He said that the whole nation witnessed how these people throw mud on the national institutions.
Minage, for example, says: "It was shocking and embarrassing watching NTV 'Sidebar' show, with the governor vehemently hurling insults at Nation editors and reporters for covering a story about him." PUBLIC INTEREST I agree with them that a guest should not be allowed to throw mud on other people unchallenged, especially if they are not there to defend themselves.
Cho Eun-ji presents performance work "Dtang, Dtang, Dtang, the Mud Said," in which participants throw mud to a fake wall in the gallery.
If you throw mud on someone naturally you will also have to face a similar consequence.
They said that the purpose of grand clean-up operation was to throw mud into eyes of a special team formed by the IG Prisons that launched search operation in Adiala Jail.
The statement read: 'Nigerian groups or individuals that have objections to the Nigerian Press Council Amendment Bill have been told to follow due process rather than throw mud at the government using the media.'
'There were many so-called corruption scandals that our opponents had trumpeted about the Mahama government, and almost everybody in the government was smeared by the accusations, but never Paa Kwesi, because he was too incorruptible to throw mud at him.'
Let those who throw mud on us from outside do it, but we will stand together," Mohanlal added.
Some have started to throw mud at the ministry he leads.