- "She wanted to get back at the Japanese companies who had slung mud on her face.
- Far easier to sling mud from a distance as some seem content to do.
- There are too many critics who revel in slinging mud and inflicting verbal pain.
late Middle English: probably from Middle Low German mudde.
German probably gave mud to English, in the Middle Ages. The expression someone's name is mud, ‘someone is in disgrace or unpopular’, draws on an 18th- and 19th-century slang use of mud meaning ‘a stupid or foolish person’. As clear as mud is found from the early 19th century; drag through the mud arose in the mid 19th century, and mud sticks is recorded from the late 19th century. Here's mud in your eye, said before drinking, dates from the 1920s. Muddle (Late Middle English) originally meant ‘wallow in mud’.
as clear as mud
- informal Not at all easy to understand.Example sentences
- Unfortunately the online manual is about as clear as mud to me… pretty much the worst set of documents I've ever seen on a network product.
- Is the issue of sustainability getting through to youngsters or is the green message as clear as mud?
- If we're honest, many of us would admit that our sermons, speeches or presentations are about as clear as mud.
drag someone through the mud
- Slander or denigrate someone publicly.Example sentences
- Angela had only agreed to meet with Deidre to politely tell her she wouldn't be a part of dragging her brother through the mud as a cheap publicity stunt.
- I am very angry over the way I've been treated because I feel my name has been dragged through the mud to spare Celtic's blushes.
- In the last few days my good name has been dragged through the mud.
here's mud in your eye!
one's name is mud
- informal One is in disgrace or unpopular: if you forget their birthdays, your name is mudMore example sentences
- Then along comes the county courthouse, talking about running up a $232 million tab, and all of a sudden your name is mud.
- He likely realizes his name is mud around the Defense Department these days.
- Listen to me young lady, if you don't bring those grades up by the next test or quiz in those subjects then your name is mud.
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