Main definitions of mud in English

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mud1

noun

  • 1Soft, sticky matter resulting from the mixing of earth and water.

    • ‘Her formerly blue jeans now looked black with all the dried mud and dirt.’
    • ‘She doggedly regained her footing and ran on, brown, dirty mud splattered in her long midnight blue hair.’
    • ‘The city is located on an island in the inland Niger delta, and is surrounded by mud brick walls.’
    • ‘Frozen mud is caked on their boots and trousers, evidence of their late night rides.’
    • ‘Looking around, he seemed to be in a mud brick hut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her feet slid wildly across the slick mud covering the wall as she tried to find footholds.’
    • ‘Clumps of dried mud caked his legs to above the knee.’
    • ‘How do I clean mud off silk shoes?’
    • ‘With so much traffic on the track, it quickly turned to sticky, thick mud.’
    • ‘But for the buffalo, the year-round, knee-deep mud is simply glorious.’
    • ‘The weather has turned foul and the boys are tramping through knee-deep mud.’
    • ‘William looked down at the pond's floor and saw sticky mud everywhere.’
    • ‘(Low tide exposes the soft mud of the salt marsh.’
    • ‘The thick, gooey mud stuck to everything and sapped the spirit.’
    • ‘As I pulled my boat through knee-deep mud, a hard rain began to fall.’
    • ‘He had brushed the mud off his boots.’
    • ‘It is sadly the case that deep ruts filled with mud and water make such journeys very hazardous.’
    • ‘The horse crashes through the fence and throws you into the deep wet mud.’
    mire, sludge, slush, ooze, silt, clay, gumbo, dirt, soil
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  • 2Information or allegations regarded as damaging, typically concerned with corruption.

    ‘they are trying to sling mud at me to cover up their defeat’
    • ‘Far easier to sling mud from a distance as some seem content to do.’
    • ‘"She wanted to get back at the Japanese companies who had slung mud on her face.’
    • ‘People are a lot keener to throw mud when they can do it anonymously.’
    • ‘There are too many critics who revel in slinging mud and inflicting verbal pain.’
    • ‘You throw enough mud it sticks and that's the name of the game.’

Phrases

  • drag someone/something through the mud

    • Slander or criticize someone or something publicly.

      ‘our names have been dragged through the mud’
      • ‘My father was dragged through the mud, Kendall.’
      • ‘I am very angry about having my name dragged through the mud by the Prime Minister in this respect for his own purposes.’
      • ‘Through no fault of your own, someone drags your brand through the mud.’
      • ‘There is the health of people at stake, and the image of the company could be dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘Griffiths was dragged through the mud when the press learned of his financial arrangements.’
      • ‘In the last few days my good name has been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘The image of the NFL has been dragged through the mud recently.’
      • ‘No doubt the press will lambaste us and drag our name through the mud if we strike during a war.’
      • ‘The democratic sentiments that animated many of those who went into the Second World War had been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘We are gaining nothing from it and our image has been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘Finally Lady Gordon was forced to pay damages to the women whose good names had been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘I am very angry over the way I've been treated because I feel my name has been dragged through the mud to spare Celtic's blushes.’
      • ‘‘Ben, your name was dragged through the mud last year,’ Shuler told him.’
      • ‘It will cost you millions of dollars and will drag your name through the mud.’
      • ‘I just feel sorry that something like this has dragged his name through the mud when there was no need.’
      • ‘He drags your name through the mud, then he indicts you if he indicts you.’
      • ‘The poor man, bankrupted by an endless custody battle, has been forced to drag his reputation through the mud to foot the bills.’
      • ‘For a man who seems to genuinely care about constitutional proprietry, he's dragging our system through the mud in high style.’
      • ‘Angela had only agreed to meet with Deidre to politely tell her she wouldn't be a part of dragging her brother through the mud as a cheap publicity stunt.’
      • ‘This is especially sad when numerous organisations are dragged through the mud simply to fulfil a personal agenda.’
      belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, deflate, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate
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  • here's mud in your eye!

    • informal Used to express friendly feelings toward one's companions before drinking.

      here's to you, good health, your health, here's health, skol, good luck
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  • one's name is mud

    • informal One is in disgrace or unpopular.

      ‘if you forget their birthdays, your name is mud’
      • ‘Then along comes the county courthouse, talking about running up a $232 million tab, and all of a sudden your name is mud.’
      • ‘I forgot to get him a little gift so now my name is mud.’
      • ‘I've got a load of cataloguing to do, then I'll be up all night unpacking the artifacts that had better arrive tomorrow or my name is mud.’
      • ‘He likely realizes his name is mud around the Defense Department these days.’
      • ‘Listen to me young lady, if you don't bring those grades up by the next test or quiz in those subjects then your name is mud.’

Origin

Late Middle English: probably from Middle Low German mudde.

Pronunciation

mud

/məd//məd/

Main definitions of mud in English

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MUD2

noun

  • 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.

Origin

1980s: from multi-user dungeon or multi-user dimension.

Pronunciation

MUD

/məd/