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One who makes malicious charges and otherwise attempts to discredit an opponent, as in a political campaign.

mud′sling′ing n.
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Noun1.mudslinger - one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
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A novel yet ingenious idea, Rig'Em Right has blended the features of a high-country hunting pack with the needs of a waterfowl hunter to build the Mudslinger Floating Backpack.
Mudslinger (the pig) and John Vincent (the trainer) performed a trick with golf and soccer ball and impressed the judges.
The convention slot adds to the attention already raining down on Cruz, who this week further increased his visibility by assuming a new role of sorts for the Romney campaign: mudslinger.
And when the mudslinger has either sold his soul or allowed himself to be used as a pawn.
Tiger Woods has hit back in his row with Rory McIlroy, telling the young European mudslinger that he's itching to tame him.
Mudslinger looked poised to collect the handicap hurdle coming to the last but a mistake at the flight handed the initiative to the Philip Enrightridden De La Rue who prevailed by a neck.
The umpire who controversially awarded a Test match victory when a team refused to take the field was a mudslinger who tried to blackmail cricket's governing body into paying him off, a tribunal heard yesterday.
DARRELL HAIR was a mudslinger who tried to blackmail cricket's governing body into paying him off, a tribunal heard.
21) One advantage to using surrogates--particularly surrogates who were not yet prominent party members--was that they could raise character issues about other candidates without making their own candidate look like a mudslinger.
In her statement, Victoria refuses to breach confidences about her marriage, avoiding the trap of being branded a mudslinger.