Meaning of mud-slinging in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmʌdˌslɪŋɪŋ/


mass noun informal
  • The use of insults and accusations, especially unjust ones, with the aim of damaging the reputation of an opponent.

    • ‘politicians seem to rely on mud-slinging instead of argument’
    • ‘It makes me angry that the leader of the opposition, behind his endless accusations and mud-slinging at the PM, seems to be a very lazy and unimaginative individual.’
    • ‘The Polish deal was marked by mud-slinging, with accusation and counter-accusation from both sides, although none has yet stuck.’
    • ‘This scathing assessment of the ruling meant that critics would have to find solid arguments to attack his work, rather than rely on mud-slinging, Mr Lomborg said.’
    • ‘I found it rather crude mud-slinging instead of responsible journalism.’
    • ‘Doer said he trusts the people of North Dakota and Manitoba won't get caught up in the political rhetoric and mud-slinging that have characterized the Devils Lake dispute.’
    • ‘It's a cool story - theft, corruption, conspiracy theories, mud-slinging and back-stabbing.’
    • ‘However, if the passions generated by an election that has been characterized by mud-slinging and the manipulation of ethnic tensions continue to ferment, the price will be costly, irrespective of who wins the election.’
    • ‘McConnell could be forced into some further mud-slinging before this argument is over.’
    • ‘There was nothing but mud-slinging, exaggerations, outright lies and immature namecalling.’
    • ‘The differences between the two parties, he said, were not of a fundamental character, despite the partisan conflicts and mud-slinging of the campaign.’
    • ‘He could so easily have fought this case and got involved in mud-slinging and used evidence against his victim perhaps in securing an acquittal.’
    • ‘The mud-slinging is over and the real debate can begin.’
    • ‘It used to be that we had to wait until an election year for negative campaigning, rumor-mongering, mud-slinging, and win-at-all-cost consultants.’
    • ‘On the platform were representatives of the UK Independence Party, Conservatives, Lib-Dems, Labour and the Greens, and the usual mud-slinging followed.’
    • ‘But Nicol Stephen, the Scottish transport minister, is said to be tiring of this regular mud-slinging and is working behind the scenes to broker a solution that will benefit all concerned.’
    • ‘Coherent discussion is all very well, but plain nasty mud-slinging usually wins the war - as she demonstrates in her last message of this verbal battle.’
    • ‘Amid the anarchy and mud-slinging of the recent ABC budget cuts, a stealth-like blow has been dealt to this nation's aspiring young journalists.’
    • ‘Um… keep it up with the shrill mud-slinging, boys and girls… you'll never win another election, ever.’
    • ‘Tukmanov said senior government officials should help build the game from grass-roots level rather than take sides in political mud-slinging.’
    • ‘But we want this debate to be, you know, above the level of mud-slinging, accusing people of being dishonest.’
    condemnation, criticism, censure, castigation, denunciation, vituperation, abuse, flak, defamation, denigration, disparagement, obloquy, opprobrium, derogation, slander, revilement, reviling, calumny, calumniation, execration, excoriation, lambasting, upbraiding, a bad press, character assassination, attack, invective, libel, insults, aspersions