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A computer-based text or virtual reality game which several players play at the same time, interacting with each other as well as with characters controlled by the computer.
1980s: from multi-user dungeon or multi-user dimension.
1[mass noun] Soft, sticky matter resulting from the mixing of earth and water:‘ankle deep in mud, we squelched across a meadow’[as modifier] ‘mud huts’
mire, sludge, slush, ooze, silt, clay, gumbo, dirt, soilclartslobView synonyms
- ‘Her feet slid wildly across the slick mud covering the wall as she tried to find footholds.’
- ‘The horse crashes through the fence and throws you into the deep wet mud.’
- ‘He had brushed the mud off his boots.’
- ‘The thick, gooey mud stuck to everything and sapped the spirit.’
- ‘With so much traffic on the track, it quickly turned to sticky, thick mud.’
- ‘Looking around, he seemed to be in a mud brick hut.’
- ‘The city is located on an island in the inland Niger delta, and is surrounded by mud brick walls.’
- ‘(Low tide exposes the soft mud of the salt marsh.’
- ‘She doggedly regained her footing and ran on, brown, dirty mud splattered in her long midnight blue hair.’
- ‘Frozen mud is caked on their boots and trousers, evidence of their late night rides.’
- ‘First of all, allow me to wipe the mud off your boots - thank you.’
- ‘I left the battlefield with ancient mud caked to the bottom of my shoes.’
- ‘But for the buffalo, the year-round, knee-deep mud is simply glorious.’
- ‘As I pulled my boat through knee-deep mud, a hard rain began to fall.’
- ‘The weather has turned foul and the boys are tramping through knee-deep mud.’
- ‘It is sadly the case that deep ruts filled with mud and water make such journeys very hazardous.’
- ‘Her formerly blue jeans now looked black with all the dried mud and dirt.’
- ‘Clumps of dried mud caked his legs to above the knee.’
- ‘How do I clean mud off silk shoes?’
- ‘William looked down at the pond's floor and saw sticky mud everywhere.’
2Information or allegations regarded as damaging or scandalous:‘the two sides took over the local media to throw mud at each other’
- ‘People are a lot keener to throw mud when they can do it anonymously.’
- ‘Far easier to sling mud from a distance as some seem content to do.’
- ‘You throw enough mud it sticks and that's the name of the game.’
- ‘"She wanted to get back at the Japanese companies who had slung mud on her face.’
- ‘There are too many critics who revel in slinging mud and inflicting verbal pain.’
Late Middle English: probably from Middle Low German mudde.
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