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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.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) casting malicious slurs on an opponent, esp in politics
ˈmudˌslinger n


(ˈmʌdˌslɪŋ ɪŋ)

efforts to discredit one's opponent by malicious or scandalous attacks.
mud′sling`er, n.
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An attempt to destroy someone's reputation:


[ˈmʌdˌslɪŋɪŋ] Ninjurias fpl
there won't be any mudslinging in this campaignno habrá ataques personales en esta campaña
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Then, Vaxevanis runs mudslinging stories, which get picked up by Papadopoulos.
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The JI deputy chief said that the NA Speaker's gossip with the villain who had been busy in mudslinging on national institutions and had brought disrepute to the country were a matter of shame.
I also feel that we, the public, have a duty to scratch under the surface and examine the facts rather than just criticising: mature conversation and debate is needed, not mudslinging.
Sadiq criticized Imran Khan, saying that he would make Khan accountable on doomsday for mudslinging at him.
Summary: Bickering, mudslinging and picking fights are certainly part of politics, but only under certain circumstances.
But a Lib Dems party spokesman said: "David Cameron's attempt at mudslinging does a terrible job at masking what's at the heart of this matter.
IT is quite clear from some of the recent correspondents to Feedback that the Left of British politics are going to focus on personalities, innuendo, the politics of envy and strife and downright mudslinging in the General Election campaign to come.
Following a mudslinging dispute between the past and present owners of Caterham in the days that followed, on Friday it was decided the administrators of CSL, London-based accountancy Smith & Williamson, would be handed fullmanagement responsibility for the team.
Earlier, speaking at a PFUJ Youm-e-Azam function, Saad Rafique said issues should be resolved by sitting together and mudslinging should be stopped in the interest of the journalists community.
In Khovanskygate, this updated Birmingham Opera Company presentation (can't say "staging", as there is no proscenium in this vast marquee) we are greeted with public demonstrations of anger against corruption and greedy bankers, with media-fuelled political mudslinging, and fundamentalist homophobia and anti-abortionism.
Sensationalism: Murder, Mayhem, Mudslinging, Scandals, and Disasters in 19th-Century Reporting provides a fine survey considering the history and presence of sensationalism in the press: how it's defined, how it evolved, and its past and present impact on news delivery and choices.