mudslinging

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mud·sling·er

 (mŭd′slĭng′ər)
n.
One who makes malicious charges and otherwise attempts to discredit an opponent, as in a political campaign.

mud′sling′ing n.

mudslinging

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

mud•sling•ing

(ˈmʌdˌslɪŋ ɪŋ)

n.
efforts to discredit one's opponent by malicious or scandalous attacks.
[1880–85]
mud′sling`er, n.
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mudslinging

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An attempt to destroy someone's reputation:
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mudslinging

[ˈmʌdˌslɪŋɪŋ] Ninjurias fpl
there won't be any mudslinging in this campaignno habrá ataques personales en esta campaña
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