- an attempt to discredit one's competitor, opponent, etc., by malicious or scandalous attacks.
Origin of mudslinging
1880–85; mud + slinging
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Examples from the Web for mudslinging
I believe this kind of mudslinging makes Clinton more, not less, likely to run.The Obama Scandals Are Desperate Measures by the GOP
May 17, 2013
Without these anonymous assassins, candidates would have to do their own mudslinging—right up front for the voters to see.Bring On the Campaign Cash!
February 22, 2013
And all that mudslinging came from the power players within the party.Women Rule Primary Night
June 9, 2010
Why death is used as yet another excuse for mudslinging and party rhetoric.Why the Lion of the Left Was Right
August 31, 2009
- casting malicious slurs on an opponent, esp in politics
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