Definition of give a dog a bad name and hang him in English:

give a dog a bad name and hang him

phrase

proverb
  • It's very difficult to lose a bad reputation, even if it's unjustified.

    • ‘It could, however, be a case of ‘give a dog a bad name and hang him’.’
    • ‘He explains why ‘as a variant on the popular advice to give a dog a bad name and hang him,’ he proposes to ‘give this piper an exceedingly bad name and hang on to it.’’
    • ‘But give a dog a bad name and hang him, as the saying goes.’