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- Slanderers are like flies; they leap over all a man’s good parts to light upon his sores —John Tillotson
- Slander is like a hornet; if you cannot kill it dead at the first blow, better not strike at it —Josh Billings
- Slander, like coal, will either dirty your hand or burn it —Russian proverb
hatchet man See CRIMINALITY.
mud-slinging The use of slander, calumny, or malicious gossip to publicly denigrate a person’s character or ability. In its most common usage, mud-slinging (or mud-throwing) refers to the vituperative claims, counter-claims, and accusations which may be employed by one or more candidates in a vicious, no-holds-barred political campaign. The rationale for such tactics is well-stated in the proverbial statement, “If you throw enough dirt, some is sure to stick.”
This sweeping provision, if constitutional and enforceable, would have the effect of eliminating “mud-slinging” in political campaigns, perhaps indeed of revolutionizing campaign methods entirely. (National Municipal Review, 1914)
Mud-slinging is used in various other contexts, most of which involve slanderous comments made about a person who is in the public eye.
A woman in my position must expect to have more mud thrown at her than a less important person. (Florence Marryat, Under the Lilies and Roses, 1884)
Past participle: slandered
|Noun||1.||slander - words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another|
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, traducement, obloquy - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
mud - slanderous remarks or charges
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
|2.||slander - an abusive attack on a person's character or good name|
attack - strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"
|Verb||1.||slander - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"|
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
defame approve, praise, acclaim, applaud, compliment, laud, sing the praises of, big up (slang, chiefly Caribbean), eulogize
"Throw enough dirt and some will stick"
"Give a dog a bad name and hang him"
they have been spreading slanders about the company → han estado levantando calumnias sobre la empresa
to sue sb for slander → demandar a algn por difamación
to sue sb for slander → attaquer qn en diffamation
a slander on sb → une calomnie contre qn