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[muhd-sling-ing] /ˈmʌdˌslɪŋ ɪŋ/
an attempt to discredit one's competitor, opponent, etc., by malicious or scandalous attacks.
Origin of mudslinging
1880-85; mud + slinging
Related forms
mudslinger, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mudslinging
  • We've lost some sanity in this mix of political mudslinging.
  • Please respond to this all who would intelligently, and without the usual mudslinging and sarcasm.
  • Opposition research has long been common in political campaigns, and it sometimes leads to mudslinging and unfair attacks.
  • We all know the level of dissatisfaction with the present leadership, and to engage in mudslinging would serve no purpose.
  • Most farmers have seen enough mudslinging this year already, and that doesn't even count all of the political ads.
  • The media should be used as a tool to inform the public and solicit feedback instead of mudslinging and grandstanding.
  • Given the mudslinging that is widely expected from all sides, this is a tenuous proposition.
  • However, the campaigns have led to some fierce mudslinging among the parties.
  • The mudslinging begins as the candidates argue about patriotism.
  • But when it came to mudslinging, she was up against a champion.
British Dictionary definitions for mudslinging


casting malicious slurs on an opponent, esp in politics
Derived Forms
mudslinger, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for mudslinging



The use of defamation, insinuation, etc, esp in politics; smear (1884+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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