- It is sadly the case that deep ruts filled with mud and water make such journeys very hazardous.
- Looking around, he seemed to be in a mud brick hut.
- Clumps of dried mud caked his legs to above the knee.
- "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.
drag someone/thing through the mud
- Slander or denigrate someone or something publicly: our names have been dragged through the mudMore 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.
- Disparaging or malicious allegations are difficult to disprove or shake off: it would be easy to dismiss the story as a clumsy smear attempt, but mud sticksMore example sentences
- After suffering a week of intensely personal attacks on his character, he denied lying but confessed to a fear that mud sticks nonetheless.
- The campaign is careful to distance itself from the comments and apologised, but election-watchers know that mud sticks.
- These "explanations" are usually preposterously contorted exercises but as long as the mud sticks they serve their purpose.
someone's name is mud
- informal Someone is in disgrace or unpopular: if anything goes wrong, my name will be 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.
up to mud
- Australian informal Not satisfactory; not good enough: our present system is up to mudMore example sentences
- A local cynic reckons they're up to mud.
- Things are up to mud in Native Affairs here.
- There is very little water for either washing or drinking, and no drinks left in the canteen except Sarilla — which is up to mud.
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’.
Words that rhyme with mudblood, bud, crud, cud, dud, flood, Judd, rudd, scud, spud, stud, sudd, thud
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