drag through the mud


1. to speak negatively about something or someone; stain a reputation






Check Icon How to Memorize

don't drag my name through the mud

Check Icon Analysis

If you get mud on something it becomes dirty. Similarly, if you 'drag someone's name through the mud' it means you dirty their reputation. If someone is 'dragged through the mud' the suggestion is that their name, reputation or public face is disgraced or called into question, usually unfairly. This phrase is often used in reference to public figures such as celebrities or politicians. You can hear this used in social and professional contexts.

Check Icon Social Examples (Advance)

  1. You're dragging my name through the mud by telling everyone embarrassing stories about me.
  2. His so-called friends dragged his reputation through the mud to deflect attention from themselves.

Check Icon Professional Examples (Basic)

  1. The company is being dragged through the mud because of these rumours of illegal practices.
  2. If we are criticising someone's work we should bring them into the room. We can't drag someone's name through the mud without giving them a chance to defend themselves.

Check Icon Further Suggestions

a white lie

Related Links