Main definitions of mud in English

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First of all, allow me to wipe the mud off your boots - thank you.’
    • ‘How do I clean mud off silk shoes?’
    • ‘Looking around, he seemed to be in a mud brick hut.’
    • ‘She doggedly regained her footing and ran on, brown, dirty mud splattered in her long midnight blue hair.’
    • ‘Her formerly blue jeans now looked black with all the dried mud and dirt.’
    • ‘Frozen mud is caked on their boots and trousers, evidence of their late night rides.’
    • ‘William looked down at the pond's floor and saw sticky mud everywhere.’
    • ‘He had brushed the mud off his boots.’
    • ‘I left the battlefield with ancient mud caked to the bottom of my shoes.’
    • ‘The weather has turned foul and the boys are tramping through knee-deep mud.’
    • ‘Her feet slid wildly across the slick mud covering the wall as she tried to find footholds.’
    • ‘With so much traffic on the track, it quickly turned to sticky, thick mud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But for the buffalo, the year-round, knee-deep mud is simply glorious.’
    • ‘The horse crashes through the fence and throws you into the deep wet mud.’
    • ‘It is sadly the case that deep ruts filled with mud and water make such journeys very hazardous.’
    • ‘Clumps of dried mud caked his legs to above the knee.’
    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’
    • ‘"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.’
    • ‘You throw enough mud it sticks and that's the name of the game.’
    • ‘Far easier to sling mud from a distance as some seem content to do.’
    • ‘There are too many critics who revel in slinging mud and inflicting verbal pain.’


  • drag someone through the mud

    • Slander or denigrate someone or something publicly.

      • ‘We are gaining nothing from it and our image has been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally Lady Gordon was forced to pay damages to the women whose good names had been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘The image of the NFL has been dragged through the mud recently.’
      • ‘Through no fault of your own, someone drags your brand through the mud.’
      • ‘The democratic sentiments that animated many of those who went into the Second World War had been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘I am very angry about having my name dragged through the mud by the Prime Minister in this respect for his own purposes.’
      • ‘I just feel sorry that something like this has dragged his name through the mud when there was no need.’
      • ‘My father was dragged through the mud, Kendall.’
      • ‘The poor man, bankrupted by an endless custody battle, has been forced to drag his reputation through the mud to foot the bills.’
      • ‘Griffiths was dragged through the mud when the press learned of his financial arrangements.’
      • ‘There is the health of people at stake, and the image of the company could be dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘This is especially sad when numerous organisations are dragged through the mud simply to fulfil a personal agenda.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the last few days my good name has been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘He drags your name through the mud, then he indicts you if he indicts you.’
      • ‘It will cost you millions of dollars and will drag your name through the mud.’
      • ‘‘Ben, your name was dragged through the mud last year,’ Shuler told him.’
      • ‘No doubt the press will lambaste us and drag our name through the mud if we strike during a war.’
      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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  • as clear as mud

    • informal Not at all easy to understand.

      • ‘If we're honest, many of us would admit that our sermons, speeches or presentations are about as clear as mud.’
      • ‘I have looked on the website but as I am not computer literate, it's as clear as mud.’
      • ‘And when you say ‘in grammatical terms, it is as clear as mud,’ you mean we cannot tell by the grammar.’
      • ‘My point in doing all this is that the Federal Communications Commission's indecency ‘standard’ remains about as clear as mud.’
      • ‘The various explanations were as clear as mud.’
      • ‘Is the issue of sustainability getting through to youngsters or is the green message as clear as mud?’
      • ‘The instructions are as clear as mud.’
      • ‘Unfortunately the online manual is about as clear as mud to me… pretty much the worst set of documents I've ever seen on a network product.’
    • informal

      see mud
      • ‘On the flip side, some parts of the plot that aren't explained still seem to be vital to the story, so several chapters are clear as mud.’
      • ‘The next steps are clear as mud.’
      • ‘As I suspected, all is clear as mud at this point.’
      • ‘The strangely murky waters of the UK's broadband market were stirred up once again last week, making things clear as mud, as usual.’
      • ‘It was just clear as mud to me, and I was hoping you could help me with it later on.’
      obscure, unclear, dense, uncertain, indeterminate, mysterious, puzzling, perplexing, baffling, mystifying, confusing, enigmatic, inexplicable, unexplained, concealed, hidden, unfathomable, incomprehensible, impenetrable, vague, ambiguous, delphic, indefinite, indistinct, hazy, foggy, nebulous, equivocal, doubtful, dubious, oblique, elliptical, oracular, cryptic, deep, abstruse, recondite, arcane, esoteric, recherché
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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’
      • ‘He likely realizes his name is mud around the Defense Department these days.’
      • ‘Then along comes the county courthouse, talking about running up a $232 million tab, and all of a sudden your name is mud.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    • informal

      see mud


Late Middle English: probably from Middle Low German mudde.




Main definitions of mud in English

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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.