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Idioms

(someone's) name is mud

This page is about the idiom (someone's) name is mud

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Meaning

If someone's name is mud, other people are angry with them, or they're no longer popular, because they've done something wrong.

For example

  • Ian's name is mud now because everyone thinks he was the one who stole the money.

  • If any athletes test positive for a banned substance, their name will be mud.

Quick Quiz

Her name is mud these days because

a. she changed it

b. she didn't clean up

c. she was caught cheating

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Contributor: Matt Errey