One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Give someone or something a bad reputation through bad behaviour or damaging revelations.
- ‘As commanding officer of the Scots Guards he told a pack of lies about Peter's murder and dragged his name through the dirt.’
- ‘For her beliefs, angry mobs harassed her, hung her in effigy, and dragged her image through the streets, while the press dragged her name through the mud.’
- ‘He dragged my name through the dirt for no reason.’
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