guilt by association

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Noun1.guilt by association - the attribution of guilt (without proof) to individuals because the people they associate with are guilty
guilt, guiltiness - the state of having committed an offense
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Surely, we don't want to create a climate of guilt by association.
Film Incentive Program Fears Guilt by Association, by Reeve Hamilton
The story concerns the idea of guilt by association, a teenager innocently roped into driving his pals to a pizza parlour, where they "sort out" a local mouth, the guilty accessory and a law blamed for "lazy policing.
We are disgusted that Moazzam Begg is being retraumatised with the same guilt by association accusations that resulted in his unlawful incarceration in Guantanamo Bay.
I think it especially great that they come up when the party has become so unpopular in the region - guilt by association with the Tories.
And as under North Korea's principle of guilt by association, the families of the executed appeared to have been sent to prison camps.
The families of the executed have allegedly been sent to prison camps under the rogue country's guilt by association laws.
Damac could not immediately be reached for comment, but have previously noted it as a case of guilt by association.
Because, in fact, what you'll see is that the government's case is just smoke, mirrors, innuendo and guilt by association.
The repression of American political dissent in the 1950s derived much of its force from the concept of guilt by association.
A Philippine government official "has no basis maligning the reputation of a journalist - foreign or local, simply on the basis of guilt by association from stories that they legitimately gathered and reported," the National Union of Journalists of Philippines (NUJP) said in a statement.
She has now turned her experience of the criminal world to writing her debut novel, Guilt By Association, a thriller introducing deputy district attorney Rachel Knight, based in the Special Trials Unit in Los Angeles.